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P0010 Fault Code

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It is one of the most popular fault codes that people search for on this website (in the top 50).

We have given it a seriousness of 7/10 with 1 being the least serious and 10 being the worst.

P0010 Short Description

"Intake Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit / Open (Bank 1)"

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Description Icon Long Description

Fault code P0010 is logged when the engine control unit (ECU) has detected a malfunction with the camshaft in bank 1. It occurs when an open or short circuit has been detected in the camshaft actuator circuit.

The camshaft actuator is a component that falls under a variable valve timing (VVT) system. These are also referred to as oil control valves (OCVs).

The VVT system allows for the intake camshaft to slightly advance or retard in terms of timing to allow for various outcomes like increased fuel economy and performance.

A short or open circuit condition will prevent the actuator from allowing this change in timing. This can lead to improper timing between the crankshaft and intake camshaft.

Some reports indicate that manufacturers like GMC, Hyundai, and Pontiac are some of the most commonly affected by this fault code.

Warnings Icon Other Signs of This Problem

It is possible that there are several notable indicators that the camshaft is not being adjusted in accordance with the ECU. These can be relatively subtle or more noticeable depending on the severity of the issue.

The most obvious sign is the presence of the Check Engine light in your vehicle and then this P0010 fault code appearing on an OBD2 reader.

Other slightly less obvious signs are related to how the engine runs. It may run rougher than usual and will typically have a weak idle.

A knocking or pinging sound can also be heard from the engine in certain instances.

Along with these symptoms, it is likely that the vehicle will experience lower performance and decreased fuel economy as well.

There may be codes like P0011, P0012, and other similar shaft-related fault codes that could be logged.

Broken Down Icon What Could Be The Problem?

There are various issues that could cause fault code P0010 to be logged. These relate heavily to the oil system, as well as parts like the VVT control solenoid valve itself.

Because the ECU has detected an open or short circuit, there could be damage to the electrical components in the system. Damaged wires or loose connections can cause this.

A faulty VVT control solenoid valve is one of the most common causes of this issue. There can also be faults with the positioning sensors on the crankshaft and camshaft respectively.

The positioning sensors on both the camshaft and crankshaft could also be at fault. This may be indicated by fault codes like P0016.

Fixed Icon Fixes

(You can watch this YouTube video for 2 DIY techniques to fix the P0010 engine fault code)

Depending on the cause of the fault code being triggered, repairs can be relatively simple or complicated. There are many systems that should be looked at to resolve the issue. Other fault codes can make this process easier.

One of the most straightforward ways to fix this is to address any damaged or frayed wires. Ensure all connections are secured properly as well.

A faulty or damaged VVT control solenoid must be replaced. Faulty or dirty positioning sensors should also be replaced if they cannot simply be cleaned.

Another simple fix is to replace dirty engine oil. An oil filter replacement can also help if the oil has contaminants.

Danger Icon Seriousness

Fault code P0010 can be considered moderate to severe in terms of seriousness. There is no immediate damage at risk to the various components in the engine, but it can accrue over prolonged use in this state.

However, there are more severe risks involved with any shaft timing issues. If there are other codes present, it is important to ensure they are not serious.

It is best to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.

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Commonly Affects

Error Icon P0011

Intake Camshaft Position Timing - Over-Advanced (Bank 1)

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Error Icon P0012

Intake Camshaft Position Timing - Over-Retarded (Bank 1)

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Error Icon P0013

Exhaust Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit / Open (Bank 1)

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Error Icon P0014

Exhaust Camshaft Position Timing - Over-Advanced (Bank 1)

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Error Icon P0016

Crankshaft Position Camshaft Position Correlation Bank 1 Sensor A

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Error Icon P0017

Crankshaft Position Camshaft Position Correlation Bank 1 Sensor B

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