P3461 OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 8 Exhaust Valve Control Circuit Malfunction

Our certified mechanics come to you · Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront

Red-stars EXCELLENT RATING ON

Cost of diagnosing the P3461 code

P3461 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for "Cylinder 8 Exhaust Valve Control Circuit 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.

Cars Estimate Credit towards follow-up repair Earliest Availability
Ford$20.00
Toyota$20.00
BMW$20.00
SCHEDULE P3461 DIAGNOSTIC Get a fair and transparent estimate upfront

P3461 code definition

P3461 is the generic OBD-II code for Cyl8 Exhaust Valve Ctrl Circ/Open. Cyl8 specifies that the issue is likely taking place in engine cylinder number 8. Other exhaust valve codes may accompany P3461.

What the P3461 code means

This code alerts you to a problem within the cylinder number 8 exhaust valve circuitry or other associated components. The vehicle’s ECM (engine control module) manages the opening and closing of these valves in order to facilitate the carrying of fuel vapors away from the engine. When the ECM detects that these actions fall outside of the normal parameters, an exhaust valve control circuit code will be set.

What causes the P3461 code?

One or more of several problems can cause an exhaust valve control circuit code to set:

If all other causes have been ruled out, only then should the ECM or PCM be suspected of failure.

What are the symptoms of the P3461 code?

The most common symptom of a cylinder 8 exhaust valve control circuit problem is an illuminated Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light. Other signs may include slow acceleration, reduced fuel efficiency, and a disabled variable valve timing system.

How does a mechanic diagnose the P3461 code?

Because there are so many potential causes of an exhaust valve control circuit problem, a thorough diagnostic inspection should be performed in order to avoid costly repairs to the most expensive parts. The diagnostic process will typically begin with hooking the vehicle up to an OBD-II code reader in order to check for P3461 as well as any co-existing codes. If other faults are present, they should be diagnosed and repaired in the order the data indicates they occurred.

Next your technician will do a visual inspection of the wiring and connections to rule out a short due to damaged circuitry. The exhaust valve control solenoid will be tested as well as the sensor and other related sensors.

If none of these tests yields a solution, the PCM and/or ECM will be tested for failure.

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P3461 code

Oil passages should be inspected for clogs due to dirt or sludge. This step is often overlooked, but can be the culprit in many types of valve faults.

How serious is the P3461 code?

This fault can result in sluggish acceleration which could cause a dangerous situation while driving, so this code should be addressed as quickly as possible.

What repairs can fix the P3461 code?

Fixing code P3461 may require one or more of the following:

If all else fails, the PCM or ECM may have to be replaced, although this is a rare occurrence.

Additional comments for consideration regarding the P3461 code

You may see multiple codes related to the exhaust valve mechanism, and it can be a long, tedious process to test all of the wiring and components, which usually requires specialized tools for both diagnosis and repair. In addition, these codes may not set right away, or may appear intermittently, making diagnosis even more challenging. It may be necessary to clear the codes and retest the vehicle several times before pinpointing the issue and eliminating the codes. The best way to get your vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible is to contact a qualified technician for help solving the issue.

Need help with a P3461 code?

YourMechanic offers certified mobile mechanics who will come to your home or office to diagnose and repair your vehicle. Get a quote and book an appointment online or speak to a service advisor at 1-800-701-6230.

trouble codes
P3461
Check Engine Light

No more waiting rooms! Our mechanics will come to you to diagnose and fix the P3461 code.

SCHEDULE P3461 DIAGNOSTIC
Get a $20 credit for the follow-up repair

Recent Check Engine Light is on Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Check Engine Light is on Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.8/5

Number of Reviews

5,170

Rating Summary
4,765
197
50
27
131
4,765
197
50
27
131

Fred

16 years of experience
364 reviews
Fred
16 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz E500 - Check Engine Light is on - Conroe, Texas
Fred was very friendly and thorough to get to the root of the issue. Even when he could not find a fault to why my engine light was on, he went above and beyond to make absolutely sure that the concern was minimized. Turns out, all that needed to be done was a reset but his diagnostic to address my issues was very intricate and appreciated.

David

17 years of experience
37 reviews
David
17 years of experience
Chevrolet Cruze - Check Engine Light is on - Aurora, Colorado
David was on time, professionalisms & honest! I would definitely request him again and pass along to friends/family.

John

18 years of experience
18 reviews
John
18 years of experience
Dodge Ram 1500 - Check Engine Light is on - Memphis, Tennessee
Demonstrated good integrity. Advised me when work I thought needed done was unnecessary and was helpful in identifying issues that needed to be addressed

Robert

21 years of experience
17 reviews
Robert
21 years of experience
Chrysler 200 - Check Engine Light is on - Fort Worth, Texas
Robert did a good job working on my car and letting me know what's needed to keep my car driving smoothly.


More related articles

P0776 OBD-II Trouble Code: Pressure Control Solenoid B Performance
P0776 code means there is an abnormality within either the electronic pressure control circuit or solenoid often due too dirty fluids or faulty parts.
B1995 OBD-II Trouble Code: Driver Side Side-Mount Air Bag Low Resistance on Squib
B1995 trouble code means there's a problem with the squib in the driver's side side-mount air bag, caused by faulty wiring or a bad battery.
P0197 OBD-II Trouble Code: Engine Oil Temperature (EOT) Sensor Low
P0197 P0197 code definition Engine Oil Temperature (EOT) Sensor Low What the P0197 code means This code specifically means that the resistance value the powertrain control module (PCM) sees is low in comparison to the predefined specifications. This can...

Related questions

Limp mode

If you do not use the recommended fluid for Chrysler or any transmissions in general, it can cause the transmission to have shifting and slipping concerns. Even damage can be caused from incorrect fluids being used. This is why I...

My SUV is running hard and has the Diagnostic Trouble Code P0016

Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. The code P0016 is for the crankshaft position sensor. Check the wiring harness to the sensor that is located on the bottom of the engine by the crankshaft pulley. Check for voltage and...

Check engine and cruise control lights come on simultaneously

Hello. When the Check Engine Light comes on, it disables the cruise control. I would need to know the code to be able to tell what may be going on. I typically start by scanning the computer for codes to...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com