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Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid are located on the cylinder head of your Chevrolet or GM vehicle control the position of the camshafts. If your vehicle is experiencing poor fuel economy, hestiation, or throwing a Check Engine Light CEL for codes P0010, P0011, P0013, or P0014 these actuators will fix your problem and restore your vehicles driveability. This complete kit includes both the intake and exhaust actuator solenoids. Each solenoid comes with a new oil seal preinstalled for easy installation. Simply remove your factory actuators and install the new ones in place. Fits the Following Vehicles: 2.0L, 2.2L, & 2.4L Engines Only
In times past, camshaft and valve timing were synchronized based on the exact position of the camshaft gear when the timing chain or belt of an engine was installed. Valve overlap — the brief period when both intake and exhaust valves are open in any given cylinder — was controlled only by the design of the camshaft. There was no way to adjust it without modifying the camshaft itself. Traditionally, this was called fixed-valve timing, not to be confused with valve lash, which is the clearance between the rocker arm and push rod on push-rod style engines. This is where variable valve timing comes in.
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A trouble code related to either camshaft actuator solenoid doesnt necessarily mean the solenoid has failed. If you dont change your oil on a regular basis, gunk buildup will form and block oil flow into the actuator. The PCM notices the camshaft didnt adjust as it was intended to and sets a trouble code related to the actuator solenoid.
A camshaft actuator solenoid –normally installed in the front of each cylinder head — is used to precisely control the flow of oil into the camshaft actuator. This changes the rotation of the camshaft to adjust valve timing and valve overlap on the go. These solenoids are used to control both exhaust and intake camshafts, creating the possibility of lower emissions — and essentially decommissioning exhaust gas recirculation valves — as well as better performance and fuel economy. In typical designs, the solenoids are in their parked position when the engine is off and immediately after it has started. Once oil pressure builds, the powertrain control module adjusts camshaft timing via the actuator solenoid depending on things like engine speed, throttle position, manifold pressure, engine load, barometric pressure and the position of the crankshaft.
How to Diagnose the P0013 Code
To resolve the P0013 error code, you’ll need to determine its exact cause, which can prove challenging. If you are not confident with your DIY automotive repair skills, it’s best to leave the task to your trusted mechanic. Otherwise, you can track down the code and determine what’s causing it by performing your own diagnosis.
To get an idea of how to pinpoint the cause of your P0013 code, watch this helpful video:
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