Ignition/Distributor Speed Input Circuit Malfunction
Our emissions expert has put together the following information about the P0320 fault code. We have also included diagnostic procedures you can take to your repair shop if the mechanic is having difficulty analyzing the code.
OBD II Fault Code
- OBD II P0320
What does this mean?
The Distributor/Crankshaft Position Sensor measures the exact rotational speed and position of the crankshaft. This provides a critical data signal used by the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to control Ignition Spark Timing and Fuel Delivery.
Code P0320 is triggered when the Distributor/Crankshaft Position Sensor signal is interrupted, unreliable or irrational.
- Check Engine Light will illuminate
- In many cases, no abnormal symptoms may be noticed
- Hard starting/cranking without starting
- Engine hesitation or stalling
- Engine dies and will not re-start
Common Problems That Trigger the P0320 Code
- Defective Crankshaft Position Sensor
- Faulty or corroded Crankshaft Position Sensor wiring or connections
- Defective Camshaft Position Sensor
- Rough running/misfiring Engine
- Crankshaft Position Sensor is replaced when the cause is a defective Camshaft Position Sensor
- Crankshaft Position Sensor is replaced when the cause is a poor connection or chafed wiring
- Crankshaft Position Sensor is replaced when the cause is a misfiring engine