P2661 code definition
The P2661 trouble code detects an electrical issue in the rocker arm actuator control circuit for the exhaust camshaft in bank 2 of the engine.
What the P2661 code means
The P2661 code is a standard OBD-II trouble code that notes an issue with the B rocker arm actuator control circuit in bank 2. “B” references the exhaust camshaft (placed on the exhaust side of the cylinder head), while “bank 2” references the specific engine bank that is not home to the number one cylinder. When the powertrain control module (PCM) receives a signal from the exhaust camshaft that deviates by more than 10 percent from the manufacturer’s value, the P2661 trouble code is triggered.
What causes the P2661 code?
There are a few different issues that can trigger the P2661 code, including:
- Broken oil control valve
- Open connector or circuit near the oil control valve
- Insufficient engine oil or oil pressure
- In rare cases, a malfunctioning PCM
What are the symptoms of the P2661 code?
When the P2661 trouble code is detected, the Check Engine soon Warning Light will likely illuminate on the vehicle’s dash. The engine will likely perform poorly, which may include difficulty idling and hesitation when accelerating.
How does a mechanic diagnose the P2661 code?
The P2661 code should be diagnosing with the help of a standard OBD-II trouble code scanner. A professional mechanic will begin by assessing the freeze frame data to examine the P2661 code, and to search for any other trouble codes that may be present. The trouble codes will then be reset, and the car restarted, to see if the P2661 code persists. If the code does not return, then it was likely erroneously triggered.
If the P2661 code does return, the mechanic should inspect the engine oil levels and pressure. Following that inspection, the connectors and circuits surrounding the oil control valve will be inspected, and the timing indicators should be checked for correct alignment. Then the oil control valve and camshaft sensors should be inspected.
Any time that a component is replaced, the trouble codes should be reset before the inspection continues.
Common mistakes when diagnosing the P2661 code
The most common mistake made when diagnosing the P2661 trouble code comes from a failure to properly follow the basic OBD-II trouble code diagnosis protocol. The diagnosis protocol should be followed, in order, at all times, to make sure that the correct issues are identified and replaced in the right order.
Failure to follow the protocol often results in components being erroneously replaced when the engine oil was the only issue.
How serious is the P2661 code?
A car is still drivable when it has the P2661 trouble code. However, the engine performance for the vehicle will suffer, and further damage can be done to the engine if the issue is not resolved in a timely manner.
What repairs can fix the P2661 code?
Some possible repairs for the P2661 trouble code include:
- Replacement of an oil control valve
- Replacement of camshaft sensors
- Replacement of circuits and connectors associated with the oil control valve
- Replacement or addition of engine oil
- Replacement of PCM
Additional comments for consideration regarding the P2661 code
While a malfunctioning PCM can be the cause of a P2661 code, it is extremely rare and should not be considered unless all other possibilities have been checked. In the event that the PCM has failed, it will need to be reprogrammed after being replaced.
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