Air & Fuel Mixture ControlOBD2 Codes

P0010 – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, & Fixes

Code P0010 Definition

Intake Camshaft Actuator Circuit Open/Short (Bank 1)

What Does Code P0010 Mean?

The variable valve timing (VVT) system increases fuel economy and engine performance by regulating when the intake and exhaust valves are opened and closed. The camshaft(s) is(are) adjusted by the Engine Control Module (ECM) through the use of an oil control valve(s) (OCV) also called variable valve timing control solenoid valves. Code P0010 is triggered when the ECM attempts to adjust the Bank 1 intake camshaft timing by utilizing one of these valves, and it detects an electrical issue in either the circuit going to the valve or the windings of the solenoid in the valve itself. 

What Are The Symptoms Of Code P0010?       

  • Check engine light
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Decreased engine performance at high RPMs
  • Rough running engine
  • Rattling/Knocking from engine
  • Poor engine idle

What Is The Cause Of Code P0010?

  • Faulty VVT control solenoid valve (most common)
  • Oil sludge in the engine
  • Crankshaft position sensor malfunction
  • Camshaft position sensor malfunction
  • Frayed or damaged wiring
  • Engine operating outside of proper timing parameters

How Serious Is Code P0010? – Moderate

This trouble code will not prevent your vehicle from running. However, if left unsolved, this code could cause your vehicle to experience decreased power and fuel economy. It could also cause your vehicle to fail emissions testing.

Code P0010 Common Diagnosis Mistakes

A common diagnosis mistake associated with code P0010 is replacing the timing actuator without first attempting to clean the actuator to see if that was the actual issue or check the electrical circuit.

Tools Needed to Diagnose:

How To Diagnose And Repair Code P0010?

Difficulty of Diagnosis and Repair (2 out of 5)

  1. Check to see if there are any other codes along with P0010 and clear your Check Engine Light with FIXD.
  2. Check freeze frame data relating to the ECM to help pinpoint the exact issue.
  3. Do a visual inspection of the bank 1 variable valve timing (VVT) control solenoid valve. Make sure to repair any frayed or faulty wiring or connectors. Once you have done this, clear the code and rescan to see if it is still present.
  4. Check to see if there is any engine sludge present. If there is, you must clean it, clear the code, and rescan to see if it is still present.
  5. Perform a resistance check of the bank 1 intake camshaft VVT Control solenoid and compare it to the vehicle service manual. If it is out of spec, replace the bank 1 intake VVT Control Solenoid.
  6. If the code is still present after these steps, you may need to bring your vehicle to a mechanic for further guidance.

Estimated Cost of Repair

For error code P0010, one or more of the below repairs may be needed to solve the underlying issue. For each possible repair, the estimated cost of repair includes the cost of the relevant parts and the cost of labor required to make the repair. 

  • VVT Control Solenoid $500-$600
  • Wiring repair/replacement $100-$1000
  • Camshaft position sensor $120-$300
  • Crankshaft position sensor $190-$250
  • Timing chain or belt replacement $200-$1000

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  1. Take your vehicle, not bring it. When you go through the drive thru, it’s called take out, not bring out. You take something to another place whereas someone BRINGS something to you. TAKE your vehicle to a mechanic.

    1. Who in the heck made it your place to correct someone on how they speak. Your comment makes no sense. Bring it, take it, either choice makes sense. You need to work on Your Self and why you feel the need to correct someone else. You let your ego get in the way of what you truly desire.

      1. Hi there. I checked the connector plugs that power the ocv solenoids on my Chevy Captiva with a multimeter and both connectors read 2.4 volts. Is that the correct voltage to make solenoids work or it should be 12 volts? Thanks beforehand.

    2. I have zero mechanical abilities.
      How much should I expect a reputable mechanic to charge me to fix this? I have a 4 cyl 2009 HHR.

    3. By the way, thank you very much to FIXD for the info on the P0010 code.

  2. A helpful information thanks

  3. thanks for your valuable input Sue

  4. It could also be the ecm malfunctioning like it is in mine.

  5. Think about this, Bill: Mark Twain said something like the fact that the difference between the right word and not is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Sparkling wit, he.

    1. No need to take to the mechanic all the time I fixed this issue on a 2014 gmc terrain and took only 10 mins to replace and only cost $50 saving the hundreds to keep in my pocket.

      1. I have the same vehicle what did you do to fix it?

        1. Following my 2014 GMC terrain is throwing this code.

      2. Same care make model and year. What did you start with and what did you replace? Thanks in advance!

      3. What did you replace ? Help 🆘

  6. what is bank 1?

    1. Bank 1 is on the first row of cylinders referred to as #1 cylinder and bank to is the second row, opposite side cylinders

  7. This was a very helpful article, thanks for the info. I’m having trouble finding what the correct resistance and voltage should be. Any further assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    1. I already fixed the intake solinord

  8. This information and the FIXD diagnostics was very helpful. I ordered two (Intake & Exhaust) Camshaft Position Sensors for my Pontiac Solstice. I ordered the two DIY parts plus shipping for under $30. Looks like it’s saving me $100+ by doing it myself. Paid for itself the first time. Thank you. Greatly appreciated!

    1. That’s so awesome to hear, James! We are so happy to have helped you save money on repairs for your Pontiac Solstice and that you were able to do it yourself. 😀 Thank you so much for using FIXD and for sharing your experience. Happy and safe driving!

  9. i replaced both sensors and changed oil and code came back in less than a month

  10. More times than not you start with the simplest and cheapest thing to replace on the P0010 engine code fault and that being the intake camshaft actuator solenoid ($50). That is if you aren’t afraid to remove the plastic air/valve cover units on top of the engine. It’s an easy swap out and it’ll save you $100-150 that a shop will charge you for the 5-10 min job. Now if you are mechanically inclined and you have test wires to hook up to the actual solenoid after visually inspecting it and/or cleaning it up after removing then do so and listen for it to click. If you hear it click then reinsert it back in and reset the check engine light and drive it for a while to see if it comes on again. Sometimes it’s simple as that. Dirt sludge debris can plug up inside of it causing the check engine light to fault. Be a good idea to change your oil as well thus eliminating more or all of the sludge or build up. Some commented on changing both the intake and exhaust solenoids together and that is not necessary unless you got then cheap online from Amazon and paid less for both than you would for just the intake camshaft solenoid at an auto parts store then I guess why not. By no means am I saying trust your own instincts and DIY. If you feel it’s more than you want to tackle then I suggest you call around and get an estimate because some places will tell you they need to run a diagnostics test before and after or they might tell you it’s more than just the actuator solenoid and you not knowing could end up paying hundreds of unnecessary dollars on charges that you didn’t really need to. Ask a buddy or even a guy at an auto store to do it for you on the side after work. You’ll find some of these guys will do it for you a heck of a lot cheaper than at a shop. If it faults after replacing well you move in to the next thing and probably should take it to a qualified tech/mechanic and let them have a look.

  11. Working on a 08 Pontiac Solstice just received the code P0010 only I already changed the camshaft position sensor on the side of engine under the oil fill cap. Now I will start again because the engine light came back on 2 days later and it is reading the same code I will start by cleaning the sensors and changing the oil and rest the engine light as well as make sure the plugs are connected and working properly with the correct voltage if it comes back on then I will change out the two solinoids on the car and go from there. I’ll see what happens thanks everyone for your help and ideas…..

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