P0012 - Camshaft Position 'A' Timing Over-Retarded Bank 1

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3
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P0012 Possible Causes

  • Low or Dirty Engine Oil
  • Faulty variable valve timing (VVT)
  • Faulty oil control valve (OCV)
  • Variable Valve Timing (VVT) harness is open or shorted
  • Oil Control Valve (OCV) harness circuit is open or shorted
  • Damaged ECM

How do I fix code P0012?

Check the "Possible Causes" listed above. Visually inspect the related wiring harness and connectors. Check for damaged components and look for broken, bent, pushed out, or corroded connector's pins.
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Cost of diagnosing the P0012 code

Labor: 1.0

The cost of diagnosing the P0012 code is 1.0 hour of labor. The auto repair labor rates vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Most auto repairs shops charge between $75 and $150 per hour.

Possible Symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

P0012 Description

The Engine Control Module (ECM) controls the Oil Control Valve (OCV) to regulate the intake camshaft angle. As a result of the angle change, the engine timing is advance or retard. Optimizing engine timing will help the engine improve torque and fuel economy, and the exhaust emissions decrease under overall driving conditions. The Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system includes the Oil Control Valve (OCV) and VVT controller. The ECM detects the actual intake valve timing using signals from the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors, and performs feedback control.
OBDII Code P0012 - Camshaft Position 'A' Timing Over-Retarded Bank 1 - AutoCodes.com

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