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Our automotive experts have put together the following information about the P0320 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 P0320 code.

What Does P0320 Code Mean?

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.  

P0320 Symptoms

  • 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

Common Misdiagnoses

  • 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
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