2013 Buick LaCrosse 3.6L P0014 VVT Solenoid

2013 Buick LaCrosse

Buick LaCrosse On the 2013 Buick LaCrosse with the 3.6L engine, the P0014 is a fairly straight forward code pointing to a problem with the exhaust variable valve timing (VVT) solenoid for bank-1. This solenoid is used to advance/retard the ignition timing to provide the best possible fuel economy and engine performance for any given driving condition. The solenoid is located on the passenger’s side of the engine, towards the rear. Inspect the electrical connector and wire harness for any loose, broken or damaged wires. If no problems are found, replace…

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2000 Nissan Frontier 3.3L P0340 Camshaft Sensor

2000 Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier On the 2000 Nissan Frontier with the 3.3L engine,  the Camshaft Position Sensor is built into and part of the Distributor assembly. The Camshaft Position Sensor detects camshaft rotation, and is mounted near the cylinder head so that the sensor is opposite to the timing rotor attached to the engine camshaft. The engine on-board computer detects the camshaft angle, and performs cylinder recognition based on the signals detected by the camshaft position sensor. Due to timing rotor rotation, the direction of the magnetic field (magnetic vector) emitted from…

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2011 Chevy Malibu 2.4L P0017

2011 Chevy Malibu

Chevy Malibu On the 2011 Chevy Malibu with the 2.4L engine, the P0017 code is pointing to a problem with the Crankshaft-to-Exhaust Camshaft correlation. First thing to check here is the timing chain. Many times the chain can stretch or jump slightly which can cause the correlation issue. Make sure the timing marks are still set dead-on perfect. Even the slightest bit off can set this code. If the timing marks check ok, then this can be a problem with the Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid. This solenoid is used in…

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2007 Toyota Tundra 5.7L P1343

2007 Toyota Tundra

Toyota Tundra On the 2007 Toyota Tundra with the 5.7L engine, the P1343 is pointing to a problem with the Camshaft Position Sensor. The camshaft position sensor gathers information about the vehicle’s camshaft speed and sends it to the vehicle’s engine control module (ECM). As a result, the ECM uses this data to determine the timing of the ignition, as well as the timing of the fuel injection. The sensor also plays a role in spark delivery. This sensor is located on the top, driver’s side of the engine, just…

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2005 Nissan Xterra P1283 A/F Sensor

2005 Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra On the 2005 Nissan Xterra, the P1283 is pointing to a problem with the A/F Sensor for Bank-2. An air fuel ratio (A/F) sensor measures oxygen content of the exhaust in a wider range. The A/F sensor is very similar in design and function as an Oxygen Sensor, just ‘smarter’ to accommodate the advanced emissions systems. The job of the A/F sensor is to measure the oxygen content in the exhaust and send this information to the engine on-board computer. Based on air fuel ratio sensor signal, the…

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2005 Dodge Magnum 2.7L P2098

2005 Dodge Magnum

Dodge Magnum On the 2005 Dodge Magnum with the 2.7L engine, the P2098 is pointing to a problem with the Downstream Oxygen Sensor for Bank-2. The function of the downstream oxygen sensors is to monitor the quantities of harmful exhaust gases flowing into and out of the catalytic converter to ensure the converter is working properly and ‘cleaning’ the exhaust enough to meet the vehicle’s emissions output specs. This sensor is located on the exhaust pipe behind the converter on the left side of the engine. Inspect the electrical connector…

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2005 Chevy Tahoe 5.3L P0332 Knock Sensor

2005 Chevy Tahoe

Chevy Tahoe On the 2005 Chevy Tahoe with the 5.3L engine, The P0332 is a fairly straight forward code pointing to a problem with the Knock Sensor for Bank-2. The knock sensor detects preignition and detonation, potentially damaging forms of abnormal combustion. The knock sensor can detect even the smallest amount of knock or ping in any of the cylinders. When knocking or pinging is detected, the engine’s on-board computer will retard the ignition timing to try and correct it. These are actually very common fail items on these vehicle.…

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2008 Chevy Suburban 5.3L P0016

2008 Chevy Suburban

Chevy Suburban On the 2008 Chevy Suburban with the 5.3L engine, the P0016 is pointing to a problem with the Camshaft/Crankshaft correlation. There are a couple of things that can set this code. First, the ignition timing will need to be checked. Set #1 cylinder to TDC and then check the timing chain alignment marks and make sure they are aligned correctly. Even the slightest bit off here can set this code. If the ignition timing is correct, then the problem lies in the Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid. This solenoid…

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2005 Ford F-150 5.4L P2195 P2196

2005 Ford F150

Ford F-150 On the 2005 Ford F-150 with the 5.4L engine, P2195 and P2196 are stating that both banks are running “lean”. There are a few different things that can cause this issue. First- check the Fuel Filter. Remove the filter and try to blow through it. Any resistance and the Fuel Filter will need to be replaced. If the fuel filter is ok, a fuel pressure reading should be taken to ensure the fuel pump is working at normal capacity. Correct fuel pressure for this vehicle is: Key-On/Engine-Off: 35-45…

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2016 Lincoln MKX Rotten Egg Smell

Lincoln MKX On the 2016 Lincoln MKX, The smell of rotten eggs inside the vehicle “can” be the sign of a failing converter. However, there are a few other things that can cause this issue as well. Many times the “type” or “brand” of fuel you are using can play a role. Try using a higher octane fuel from a different source than what you usually use. Stick to a reputable brand name like, Shell, Exxon, Mobile, etc. If this does not help the smell, make sure the engine is…

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