Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Why do I have a p0016 trouble code?

asked by on

This code I pulled from my scanner and I don't have a rough idle or hard start or abnormal engine operation, could the hall effect sensor just be bad yet not affect performance or what could be the culprit for the code dispite the lack of symptoms

My car has 97000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The cause for a p0016 trouble code could be normally be tracked to one of two areas. The code is set when the computer does not see synchronized information being received from the cam and crank sensors. It will be necessary to test both of the sensors, and determine which one is causing the issue. If this is something that you need a hand in diagnosing, and/or repairing, consult with a certified mechanic, like those available at YourMechanic.com.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Why do I have a p0016 trouble code?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What would cause brand new O2 sensors to give codes 172, 173, 176, and 177, rich and lean conditions, both sides at the same time?

When it comes to across-the-board codes being set such as this, it is usually a result of something "upstream" creating the condition to set all these codes. For instance, it is rare for both O2 sensors to fail at exactly...

Q: I have a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and I want to disable the the onstar. I found the fuse block how do you pull it out?

You should not have to remove the fuse block in order to remove the F35 fuse. You should use a fuse remover tool or a small pair of pliers. If you need assistance then have a mechanic like one from...

Q: Sun roof back to far; STUCK

Hello. I myself am not aware of such a tool, however, that certainly does not mean there may not be one available. I would talk to the specific technician that told you about said tool, as he or she is...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.