Trouble Codes

P0010-Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit Bank 1

Code P0010 is associated with the variable engine timing mechanism.

Due to restrictive exhaust emission standards and improved engine performance, manufacturers have installed systems that increase the valve stroke in the cylinder head under certain conditions depending on the load and power demand.

The P0010 code may be accompanied by other codes, such as: P0011, P0012, P0020, P0021, P0022 and maybe more.

What does the code P0010 mean?
P0010 is a general OBD-II code that indicates a problem with the engine control module (ECM). The engine controller monitors changes in synchronization between the crankshaft and camshafts based on signals from the shaft position sensors and camshafts controls ignition, valve stroke and fuel synchronization at various speeds and loads. The camshaft problem is usually detected at higher engine RPM when the ECM attempts to adjust the valve stroke and the camshaft positioner does not respond or the oversteer position of the shaft does not match the desired one.

What causes the code P0010?

  • Engine oil sludge (due to lack of oil change)
  • Oil channels are clogged
  • Worn timing components (chains, gears, guides)
  • Crankshaft or camshaft damage
  • Damage to the variable camshaft adjusters
  • Obsolete ECM software
  • Internal ECM damage

What are the symptoms of P0010?
Code P0010 will illuminate the engine failure indicator on the dashboard / instrument cluster

  • Uneven engine operation
  • Reduction in performance at higher engine speeds
  • No emission control