P0215 OBD-II Trouble Code: Engine Shutoff Solenoid Malfunction

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P0215 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Engine Shutoff Solenoid Malfunction". 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. Once we are able to diagnose the problem, you will be provided with an upfront quote for the recommended fix and receive $20.00 off as a credit towards the repair. All our repairs are backed by our 12-month / 12,000-mile warranty.

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P0215 Code Definition

Engine shutoff solenoid malfunction

What the P0215 code means

The P0215 code means that the solenoid responsible for shutting off the engine or the crankshaft position sensor has an issue.

What are the causes of the P0215 code?

  • A faulty crankshaft position sensor
  • A faulty ignition switch or lock cylinder
  • Damaged wiring in the engine shutoff solenoid circuit
  • A faulty powertrain control module
  • A faulty engine shutoff solenoid

What are the symptoms of the P0215 code?

The only symptoms that may occur with a P0215 code would be the Check Engine Light and possibly a no-start condition if the crankshaft position sensor is faulty.

How does a mechanic diagnose the P0215 code?

A mechanic may diagnose the P0215 code by locating the crankshaft position sensor and examining its circuitry. If any of the wiring or the sensor itself is damaged, the mechanic would likely replace the crankshaft position sensor, erase the codes, and perform a road test.

If the crankshaft position sensor is not damaged, the mechanic would then perform a test on the ignition switch and lock cylinder using the manufacturer’s recommended procedure. If any issues are found during this test, the ignition switch or lock cylinder can be replaced by the mechanic.

If no issues were found with the ignition switch or lock cylinder, the mechanic would likely test the engine shutoff solenoid for proper function. Finally, if no faults were determined with the engine shutoff solenoid, the mechanic would then test the powertrain control module for proper function with a high tech OBD-II scan tool.

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P0215 code

Common mistakes that may be made when diagnosing the P0215 code would be simply replacing the crankshaft position sensor, ignition switch, or engine shutoff solenoid before properly testing their functionality. Locating and following the manufacturer’s recommendations is always the best diagnostic route to take.

How serious is the P0215 code?

The P0215 code is not very serious as long as it is not causing a no-start condition. If this code is stored in your vehicle’s powertrain control module and is causing your vehicle not to start, this is an issue that you will want to have checked so you can get the car back on the road.

Depending on the severity of the issue, the driver of the vehicle may decide to hold off on any repairs due to the fact that minimal symptoms exist. However, as with any code that causes a Check Engine Light, it is best to have the issue diagnosed and repaired by a certified mechanic as soon as possible in order to keep your vehicle in its best condition.

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