Close

P0012 - OBD II Trouble Code

Our automotive experts have put together the following information about the P0012 diagnostic trouble code. We've provided the common symptoms that occur when this code is set along with the frequent repairs that address the issues related to the P0012 code.

What Does P0012 Code Mean?

    OBD-II Code P0012 is defined as a "A" Camshaft Position - Timing Over-Retarded

    Newer vehicles use a variable timing system to adjust the timing of the intake and exhaust valves in an effort to increase fuel efficiency and performance. The engine control module (PCM) uses a Camshaft Position Actuator to adjust the camshaft accordingly. If the Camshaft does not respond as the PCM requests, the PCM will set code P0012.

    P0012 Symptoms

    • Decreased engine performance
    • Increased fuel consumption

    Common Problems That Trigger the P0012 Code

    • Camshaft variable timing solenoid failure
    • Engine oil level is too low
    • The engine is not timing correctly
    • The engine oil does not meet the manufacturer's requirements
    • Variable valve timing actuator failure
    • Worn timing chain

    Common Repairs Needed for the P0012 Code

    0 User Comments

    Sign in to comment
    Why RepairPal?

    Asset 71
    High Quality Repairs
    Your auto repair done right, only the work you need with no add ons.
    Asset 72
    Never Overpay
    Our free estimator calculates a custom price for your vehicle repair.
    Asset 73
    Guaranteed Repairs
    Rest easy knowing you're covered by our RepairPal Nationwide Warranty.