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P0016 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Camshaft Position A - Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 1)". This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation. Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office to perform the Check Engine Light diagnostic for $70.00. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $30.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.
Camshaft Position A - Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 1)
P0016 is the OBD-II generic code indicating that the camshaft position sensor for bank 1 does not correlate to the signal from the crankshaft position sensor.
The camshaft timing is out of position due to the timing chain jumped teeth.
The camshaft phaser is out of position due to problems with phaser.
The oil has flow to the phaser is impeded from having an incorrect oil viscosity or partly clogged passages.
The Oil Control Valve (OCV) has a restriction in the OCV filter.
Note: The erratic drive complaints will vary depending on the failure.
Visually checks for problems with the connections or wiring of the OCV, camshaft and crankshaft sensors
Verifies that the engine oil is full and that the oil is clean with the correct viscosity
Scans and documents the engine codes and views the freeze frame data to see when the code was set
Resets the Check Engine Light and road tests again to see if code returns
Commands the OCV on and off to see if the camshaft sensor is indicating timing changes for the bank 1 camshaft
Performs the manufacturer’s tests for the P0016 code to determine the cause of the code
Note: The manufacturer's recommended pinpoint test is used to narrow down the problem. Following the recommended tests will help with diagnosis without replacing the wrong parts.
Not verifying the failure and codes before attempting any repairs
Not doing a visual check for possible problems with the wiring or connections to the components
Not doing all pinpoint test steps to help prevent misdiagnosis of good components
Not replacing parts directed by the pinpoint test or visually checking them to make sure they are bad
The engine can have stalling or hesitations along with hard starting.
The timing chain may have problems with tensioners or guides and can lead to major engine damage if the valves hit the pistons.
Driving the vehicle for a prolonged time with the camshafts out of time may cause additional internal engine problems, depending on the failed part.
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