Date: Jan., 1988
Subject: MASS AIR FLOW (MAF) SENSOR SYSTEM DIAGNOSIS CODES 33,34 AND 36
Model and Year: 1986-87 CAMARO AND CORVETTE EQUIPPED
WITH 5.0L OR 5.7L PFI ENGINES
TO: ALL CHEVROLET DEALERS
Some vehicles equipped with 5.0L or 5.7L port fuel injected engines may experience
"Service Engine Soon" light with some combination of codes 33, 34 and/or 36
stored. This bulletin summarizes diagnostic procedures to be used in trouble shooting
All 1986 model year vehicles should be updated to the latest service PROM per bulletins:
86-162, section 6E Corvette or 86-194, section 6E, Camaro and checked for "Service
Engine Soon" light reset prior to further diagnosis. In the case of 1986-87 Camaro or
1986 Corvette the MAF power relay should be checked to assure that it is part number
10067925. If it is not, then it should be replaced with part number 10067925. Please do
CODE 33 (MAF SENSOR VOLTAGE HIGH)
- Inspect to determine that part number 10067925 relay has not inadvertently been
installed as a burnoff relay or incorrectly connected as a burnoff relay. (reference
bulletin 86-152, section 6E).
NOTICE: SOME SERVICE PARTS BOOKS REFLECT THIS INCORRECT USAGE.
For proper relay parts usages, please refer to the relay usage chart provided at the
end of this bulletin. No substitutions should be made.
- With the engine fully warmed up and operating in closed loop, check the airflow at 2000
RPM in neutral using a Tech 1 or equivalent scanner capable of testing air flow. If it is
below 16.0 gm/sec for a 5.0L or below 10.0 gm/sec for a 5.7L engine and the block learn
value is greater than 130, replace the MAF sensor.
If code 33 still resets, refer to section 6E of the appropriate service manual for
CODE 34 (MAF SENSOR VOLTAGE LOW)
- Inspect the plenum side of the throttle blades for deposits. If even a small amount of
deposits are present, clean the throttle body per bulletin 87-100, section 6E.
- Thoroughly inspect the vehicle for sources of air entering the engine without passing
through the MAF sensor. Specifically, look for a cracked, cut or loose duct between the
air meter and the throttle body, poor inlet runner to plenum or manifold sealing, a split
PCV hose or any type of vacuum leak. A large quantity of air does not necessarily have to
be involved. If any leaks are found, repair the condition, clear the codes and check if
the code resets.
- Check resistance of the MAF power relay contacts per bulletin 87-99, section 6E. The
resistance should be less than 1 ohm across closed contacts. If the resistance is greater
than 1 ohm replace the relay.
- Check the minimum air rate and compare to specifications found in bulletin 87-100,
section 6E. If the air rate is below specifications, please reset by connecting a vacuum
gauge to port A on the throttle body, increasing the air rate by turning the minimum air
screw until one inch of vacuum appears on the gauge and then reducing the minimum air
setting by one half turn of the screw.
If code 34 still resets, refer to section 6E of the appropriate service manual for
CODE 36 (MAF BURNOFF)
- Inspect to verify that the MAF power and burnoff relays currently on the vehicle agree
with the usage chart provided at the end of this bulletin.
- Check the relays for proper function per bulletin 87-99, section 6E. Also check for PCV
plugged condition per the same bulletin.
- Check all electrical connections carefully.
If code 36 still resets, refer to section 6E of the appropriate service manual for
RELAY USAGE CHART