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P0017 - OBD II Trouble Code

Our automotive experts have put together the following information about the P0017 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 P0017 code.

What Does P0017 Code Mean?

    OBD-II Code P0017 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 code P0017.

    P0017 Symptoms

    • Decreased engine performance
    • Increased fuel consumption

    Common Problems That Trigger the P0017 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 P0017 Code

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