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How do you fix a P0010 error code on a car?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

P0010 is a code for the camshaft position sensor. This error code happens when the camshaft position sensor is not working correctly. This can be caused by a number of things, such as a faulty sensor, a wiring issue, or a problem with the camshaft itself. If the camshaft position sensor is not working correctly, it can cause the engine to run rough or stall.

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1. Replace the timing chain

  1. Remove the engine cover.
  2. Remove the four bolts that attach the timing chain cover to the engine.
  3. Lift the timing chain cover off the engine.
  4. Remove the timing chain and sprocket.
  5. Clean the timing chain and sprocket surfaces.
  6. Apply a light coat of oil to the timing chain and sprocket surfaces.
  7. Place the new timing chain on the sprocket and fit the bolts into the holes in the timing chain cover.
  8. Replace the timing chain cover and tighten the bolts.

2. Replace the timing chain tensioner

  1. Park the car on a flat surface.
  2. Remove the air intake cover.
  3. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
  4. Remove the two bolts that hold the timing chain tensioner in place.
  5. Remove the timing chain tensioner.
  6. Inspect the timing chain for wear or damage. If there is wear or damage, replace the timing chain tensioner.
  7. Clean the timing chain and tensioner surfaces.
  8. Apply a light coat of grease to the timing chain tensioner.
  9. Install the timing chain tensioner.
  10. Connect the battery negative cable.

3. Replace the timing chain guides

  1. Remove the engine cover.
  2. Remove the four bolts that hold the timing chain guide on the engine.
  3. Remove the timing chain guide.
  4. Install a new timing chain guide.
  5. Install the four bolts that hold the engine cover on.
  6. Reattach the engine cover.

4. Replace the timing chain sprockets

  1. Remove the cover over the engine.
  2. Remove the engine cover.
  3. Remove the timing chain cover.
  4. Remove the timing chain sprockets.
  5. Inspect the timing chain for wear and/or damage.
  6. If damage is found, replace the timing chain sprockets.
  7. Install the new timing chain sprockets.
  8. Replace the engine cover.

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. Clean the timing chain
  2. Adjust the timing chain
  3. Replace the engine oil
  4. Replace the engine oil filter