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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Camshaft Position Sensor
Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, the vehicle not starting, and an overall reduction in vehicle drive quality.
How to Install a Camshaft
Over the years, engines have evolved in so many ways. Most of the changes or improvements that have been done revolve around creating better performance and fuel economy, without making the engine...
How to Inspect Valve Clearance Adjustment
The term “valve adjustment” is an oxymoron. What is actually being adjusted is the clearance between the linkage of the camshaft and...
How to Replace a Camshaft Position Sensor
Camshaft position sensors determine the position of the camshaft in relation to the crankshaft to control the fuel injector.
How to Replace a Camshaft Seal
Camshaft seals are round, rubber oil seals between cylinder heads and valve cover gaskets. Worn out cam seals need to be replaced to prevent oil loss.

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Need my 2004 Freestar camsfaft synchronizer replaced, cost?? 2004 Ford Freestar
Hi there - from your description, it is hard to tell whether you need the [camshaft position sensor](https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-long-does-a-camshaft-position-sensor-last, or the camshaft position actuator (sometimes called the variable valve timing actuator or solenoid). Please forward the problem codes (Pxxxx) for this...
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Cam shaft position sensor
From the information I was able to gather about your vehicle, it looks as though there is a possible difference in the intake camshafts that were used between the 2007 and 2009 model years. It looks like the camshaft in...
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Replaced part after check engine light was diagnosed, but the check engine light came back on after a few days.
Hi there. The code P0010 is in reference of the Camshaft Position Sensor on your engine. Check the harness to the sensor and see if its hooked up properly. Then check the sensor for resistance as the engine is cranked...
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The car does not work at all.
Hi there. Check the camshaft position sensor and see if its plugged in. If the sensor is plugged in and the engine will crank, then the camshaft could be out of timing and needs to be reset. If the engine...
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Keeps throwing main fuel pump circuit code.
Check the fuel pump relay and see if its getting hot. A faulty fuel pump relay will throw a fuel pump circuit code if the relay gets too hot. If there is a code for the camshaft actuator, then there...
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Bad fuel pump? 2004 BMW X3
Hi - short answer is "No: a fuel pump problem will not cause a camshaft position sensor problem". But, we all know Murphy's 2nd or 3rd law says that 2 things can fail close enough together to make us believe...
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Check Engine light is on, replaced camshaft position sensor twice, light still on 2010 Dodge Ram 1500
Hello - I don't wish to insult anyone, but there are 2 camshaft position sensors on that engine. Any chance the same sensor was replaced twice? That would certain cause the scenario you describe. If both sensors have now been...
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Rattle noise
Hi there. Either the engine's timing tensioner is loose and not pressurizing up when the engine is started up or the camshaft variable timing solenoid is sticking when the engine oil is thick - cold. I recommend putting in an...
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Where are the cam sensors located on 2009 Nissan Maxima vq35de engine? 2009 Nissan Maxima
Hello - the cam position sensors for this engine (2) are each located near the passenger side end of the cylinder head for each cylinder bank. The engine cover must be removed to access them, and the factory sensors have...
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How to replace a camshaft sensor? Shows sensor "A" on diagnostic check 2002 Saturn SL1
Hello - there is no physical camshaft position sensor on this engine. This function is handled by the coil and ignition module. The error is likely a wiring problem, either with the plug wires, or the physical wiring to the...
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Engine code, left bank overretard and engine shaking 2004 Ford F150
Hi there - there are several possible cause for over-retarded cam timing. The VCT solenoid could cause this, but a failed cam phaser, worn timing chain guide, stretched timing chain or simply low oil pressure can also cause this problem...
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Possible timing chain replacement.
The code P0015 could be coming up for the following issues. ____________________________ The camshaft(s) have incorrect timing intake timing control valve control solenoid system has wiring problems Continuous oil flow to the VCT piston chamber The timing valve control...
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When I speed up my service engine light flashes.
Hi there. If you engine is having a P0300 code for a random misfire, check the camshaft position sensor for any moisture and if the harness has any broken wires. If the sensor looks to be good, then remove the...
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How would i know that i need to replace the vanos?
The VANOS is a variable camshaft timing system that uses engine oil pressure to change the camshaft position. The VANOS solenoid is an electrically operated valve that diverts oil pressure to the correct devices under certain conditions. Usually the first...
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Loss of power, weird sounds from the engine and hissing sound from throttle body, and a code P1346 1999 Lexus IS200
Hello - the P1346 problem code you have indicates a camshaft timing problem (variable valve timing to be specific), and is at least part of the cause of low power. The cams are out of time, relative to the crankshaft....
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Autozone says the camshaft timing is "over retarded" and this is causing the engine light to be illuminated.
Try changing the engine oil and filter to a good type of oil and filter. This will help with the VCM system and keep it functioning properly. If the VCM continues to act up and cause the engine oil pressure...
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help??
Hi there. Check the computer of the car for any codes that could be stored or pending. This will give you a logical area to oversee what needs repaired. If the camshaft position sensor message is appearing, then the camshaft...
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What's a camshaft sensor do?
The camshaft position sensor reads a reluctor wheel on the camshaft and determines the location of the firing sequence from cylinder 1 to cylinder 6. The camshaft position sensor works in relation with the crankshaft position sensor to allow the...
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How much it is to fix a camshaft? 1996 Chevy S10
Hi there - unfortunately, camshaft replacement is not a service YourMechanic currently offers. Thanks for thinking of us however!
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Camshaft vs timing chain failure symptoms 2009 Acura TSX
Hi there - wear or damage from timing chain components can be indicated by irregular metallic noises - rattling or tapping from the front of the engine. Worn timing chain guides, a weak chain tensioner, stretched chain - these all...

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