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P0346 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Camshaft Position Sensor A Circuit Range/Performance (Bank 2)". 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.
The appearance of the P0346 code indicates that the PCM has detected an incorrect voltage or waveform reading from the engine bank 2 camshaft sensor A camshaft position sensor circuit.
The camshaft position sensor is part of the system that is used for calculating fuel delivery and ignition timing. If the PCM has detected an incorrect voltage from the sensor’s circuit, it means that something within the camshaft position sensor system is faulty, which could affect fuel delivery or ignition timing actions.
Other cases for the P0346 code may include:
The possible symptoms associated with the P0346 code include a delay in engine starting, rough idling, trouble accelerating, or even complete engine stall. Overall, the vehicle will not perform as well as it could, and the Check Engine Light will be illuminated.
In order to diagnose the P0346 code, a mechanic should first use an OBD-II scanner to detect all the stored codes. They should then perform a visual inspection of all the electrical components, such as wiring and connectors, related to the camshaft sensor system. Any loose, corroded, or faulty components should be addressed, as well as any leaks that caused the faulty electrical components.
After this step, the technician should clear the codes from the PCM memory, and retest the system. If the code returns, they have successfully ruled out a basic electrical error and recreated the failure, and should move on to other repair options.
The most common misdiagnosis related to the detection of the P0346 code is that of a faulty sensor. OEM sensors fail less frequently than is commonly believed, and may only be part of the issue. Technicians should perform a thorough diagnosis of the entire camshaft position sensor circuit, because the code could be related to a failure of any part or function within the system.
The P0346 code represents a serious issue within the function of a vehicle, and should be addressed right away. Without the proper information for fuel delivery and ignition timing, the vehicle performance will continue to suffer, and may result in total engine failure if left unresolved.
In order to address a P0346 code, there are several repairs that a mechanic may pursue. They include:
If the diagnosis process for the P0346 code reveals that both or either of the camshaft and the crankshaft sensors are bad, it is recommended that they be replaced as a set, rather than individually.
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