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P0016 - OBD II Trouble Code

Our automotive experts have put together the following information about the P0016 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 P0016 code.

What Does P0016 Code Mean?

    OBD-II Code P0016 is defined as a Crankshaft Position - Camshaft Position Correlation

    The engine control module (PCM) uses a signal from the camshaft position sensor to determine the the proper time to fire the fuel injectors and ignite the spark plugs. The PCM compares this signal to the signal from the crankshaft to determine if the engine is timed properly. Newer vehicles use a variable timing system to adjust the timing of the camshaft in relation to the crankshaft to increase fuel efficiency and performance. If the Camshaft is not in the proper position relative to the crankshaft, the PCM will set P0016.

    P0016 Symptoms

    • Decreased engine performance
    • Increased fuel consumption

    Common Problems That Trigger the P0016 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 P0016 Code

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    I replaced Variable valve Timing solenoid was broken and had small black debrif. Replace Engine oil to vehicle specifications was burn and black color. Also, replace Water Pump kit which included timing components. After that kept throwing same code P0016. I replaced crankshaft sensor. Still same code, I replaced camshaft sensor, kept throwing same code!!! Triple check Timing installation and nothing!!! 6 shops kept telling me to just replace timing but I just did! Vehicle start and stalls. It has a clogged catalitic converter. Any suggestions?