P0011 – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, & Fixes

Code P0011 Definition

Intake Camshaft Position Timing- Over-Advanced (Bank 1)

What Does Code P0011 Mean?

The variable valve timing 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 ECM through the use of an oil control valve(s) (OCV) also called variable valve timing control solenoid valves. When trouble code P0011 is set, it means that the intake camshaft in Bank 1 is more advanced than the ECM has told it to be.

What Are The Symptoms Of Code P0011?

  • Check Engine Light
  • The hard start of the engine
  • Rough running engine
  • Stalling
  • Rattling/Knocking from engine
  • Decreased fuel economy
  • Failed emissions test

What Is The Cause Of Code P0011?

  • Engine oil is dirty
  • Engine oil is too low
  • Engine oil is incorrect viscosity
  • Camshaft variable valve timing control solenoid failure
  • Camshaft phaser is seized in the advanced position
  • Continuous oil flow to Variable Camshaft Timing chamber

How Serious Is Code P0011? – Severe 

This trouble code severely impacts the drivability of your vehicle. The most common problems consist of increased engine stalling, rough engine idle, lowered fuel economy, and rattling/knocking noises from the engine. Continuing to drive the vehicle in this condition can cause severe damage to multiple internal engine components.

Code P0011 Common Diagnosis Mistakes

Replacing sensors or components without any indication of a problem with the sensors or components.

Tools Needed to Diagnose:

  • FIXD
  • Basic Hand Tools
  • Fused jumper wires
  • Vehicle specific service manual

How To Diagnose And Repair Code P0011:

Difficulty of Diagnosis and Repair – (3 out of 5)

  1. Check to see if there are any other codes along with P0011 and clear your Check Engine Light with FIXD.
  2. Check the engine oil level and condition. If it’s low, adjust to spec and test drive to see if the concern is resolved. If it’s dirty, change the oil and filter and test drive to see if the concern is resolved.
  3. Remove the oil cap and/or the valve cover and inspect the valve train for sludge. If there is sludge, there is a good chance the engine will need to be replaced due to sludge blocking the oil passages to the Oil Control Valve(s)
  4. If there isn’t any sludge, consider checking the Bank 1 Intake Camshaft Oil Control Valve for proper function. You can do this by removing the Oil Control valve and supplying power and ground to the solenoid quickly using a pair of fused jumper wires. (Do not leave power applied for more than a second or two) If the valve is functioning properly, it should click, and you may even be able to see the valve move based on the design of your specific valve. If it doesn’t click or move, replace the tested oil control valve and test drive to see if the concern is resolved. 
  5. If at this point the concern persists, there could be internal engine issues, and you should have a shop diagnose the concern to avoid replacing the engine unnecessarily. 

Estimated Cost of Repair

For error code P0011, 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.

  • Oil Change $20-$60
  • Oil Control Valve/Variable Valve Timing Control Solenoid $300-$400
  • Engine $3000-$4000

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Comments 25

Jeannette Nalley

October 27, 2018

Got an email from FIXD trouble code PO11.
Check engine light was on. Took my car to have the oil changed, and the check engine light went off. Thanks to FIXD!

FIXD Marketing

October 29, 2018

Awesome Jeannette! Glad we could help!

FIXD Team

Richard

June 4, 2019

I also got that P0011 issue in my Malibu 2012
Should it I do an oil change as well?

Vicki

September 23, 2019

Had and oil change. Engine light still on and car stalls off when at a stop. Still getting p0011 code bank 1

Debbie

January 30, 2019

Thank you so much for this, I have the same code I just got my oil changed and the light is off! I love this device and app.

FIXD Marketing

January 31, 2019

That is awesome Debbie! Glad we could help!

FIXD Team

Tammy S

September 25, 2019

Every time I get this code when Advanced Auto checks why my check engine light is on, I tell them it means I’m way past an oil change. EVERY time I say that, they tell me an oil change isn’t going to make the light go off. Sure enough…. an oil change makes it go off…. until I’m VERY late for another oil change

Phillip britt

April 10, 2019

I have a 2004 ford f150..it pops up the code for the vvt solenoid i have changed the solenoids and it still has the same symptoms.i dont know wh

Charles Burley

October 13, 2019

The code has came on my car. I had a recent oil change. I checked oil level it is fine. Do you not understand why the light is on

Jalaine Howell

November 16, 2018

I have a turbo charged engine everytime oil get really dirty check engine light come on with the cam shaft postion sensor I replaced part is it cause I’m letting the oil go to long before changing and also i just found out I need to be running a full synthetic oil well last two times I haven’t can it seize my engine like I was told

FIXD Marketing

November 17, 2018

Hi Jalaine! It is extremely important that you use the correct oil for you vehicle every time you change your oil. We suggest consulting your owner’s manual to find out what will work best for your specific vehicle.

Thanks, FIXD Team

Alicia Farmer

October 8, 2019

Hello, I got the same code for my Chevrolet Equinox. I’ve had the oil change & the like is still on. Same code. I’ve had both sensors changed & it’s still doing the same thing. Can someone give me an idea as to what to check next ?

Alissa

November 21, 2018

A year ago I took my car into the dealership because when I was on the highway my car kept getting “stuck”. My foot would be on the gas and I could hear my engine reving but I would slow down. I took it into the dealership (because my warranty was almost up) and they told me it was “normal”). Fast forward to now, I bought FIXD and I find a camshaft issue. Should I be concerned that after all this time being ignored has severely injured my car?

David

January 31, 2019

Where exactly is the P0011 intake camshaft position sensor located on a 08 Pontiac G6 GT ?

Philip

February 18, 2019

I had Advanced Auto parts to hook up a computer to see what caused my check engine light to come on. P0011 was the diagnosis.
However, the light went off as soon as I restarted my car. Should I proceed to try to fix the problem or not do anything because now my check engine light is off again?

Jaiden

February 23, 2019

Sometimes when using a OBDII/EOBD the check engine light will go off but after certain miles the computer will reignite the code and catch a misfire and check engine light will proceed to come on, I suggest you get your car fixed before problems proceed usually po11 code can lead to loss of engine power , high RPMS, very high low mileage, large consumptions of gas. Sometimes it can be the oil filter , oil change, solenoids, or camshaft sensors

Michael Mulqueen

March 26, 2019

I have had the issues with the rear main oil seal, blowing out and losing all the oil in my 2014 Equinox. Had it fixed three times and when I got it back from the shop, check engine light was on with code P0011 stored. Since I always ran a synthetic oil in the engine, I would bet my left %#& they charged me for the synthetic oil, but put in the cheap crap. Where exactly is this sensor and will the crappy oil they put in , be the suspected culprit? I bought my FIXD several months ago and it’s a blessing in disguise. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product to EVERYONE!!!

Amanda

June 18, 2019

I have a 2008 Saturn Aurora my check engine light keeps coming on and off and my oil change light keeps coming on and saying oil consumption 0% I did a oil change and the light for oil change still never went off it’s still saying I need a oil change also I got gas from a gas station that’s known to make cars run a little crappy cuz the gas is trash and ever since then my cars been running a little hard. When I go to take off it’s kinda puttering but stops after a few seconds so I went to auto zone and hooked it up to the diagnosis machine and 2codes poped up po306, cylinder 6misfire detected and poo11intake camshaft position timing -over-aecanced (bank 1) can someone please tell me what this could be and is it an exspensive fix??

Jim

October 1, 2019

I think you did not successfully reset your oil change counter so it is telling your computer the oil change is overdue and that triggers the computer to display the p0011 code. Setting the oil change counter to 0% is not enough. Once you set the counter to 0%. Press and hold the reset buttons until the display says the reset has been acknowledged . The codes should go away after a bit.
Here are the complete reset steps:
Turn the ignition to the “RUN” position.
Press the “INFORMATION” and “RESET” buttons at the same time to enter “PERSONALIZATION” menu.
Press the “INFORMATION” button to scroll through until “OIL LIFE RESET” is displayed.
Press and hold “RESET” button until “ACKNOWLEDGED” is displayed.
Turn the ignition off.

daniel

June 23, 2019

where is bank 1 located on 2007 infiniti m35

Jay

June 26, 2019

Hi there
I have 2016 Suzuki Swift
and had P0011 code we replaced cam shaft sensor it went away for a day and engine light came back again. Any suggestions please?

Joe

June 30, 2019

What happens if you bank 1 vvt solenoid in bank 2

B

July 9, 2019

This code popped up recently and is my only one. I needed oil for at least 3 days since the oil light popped up then the service engine light turned on after. I just got and oil change today. Do you think it will go away? Or I might need to start saving money?

Matt

July 21, 2019

Got this code on my girlfriends car. Checked the oil it was low. Cleared the code and hoping it runs better. Will replace the sensors next if problem doesn’t go away. Really enjoy having this FIXD device.

Jaclynn D’augustine

August 16, 2019

P0011 code keeps poping up on my car i changed the vvt solenoid but i still have this light coming on and off i have 2015 chevy sonic any ideas?

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