P0014 – Meaning, Causes, Symptoms, & Fixes

Code P0014 Definition

Exhaust Camshaft Timing- Over-Advanced Bank 1

What Does Code P0014 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 P0014 is set, it means that the exhaust camshaft in Bank 1 is more advanced than the ECM has told it to be.

What Are The Symptoms Of Code P0014?

  • Check Engine Light
  • 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 P0014?

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

How Serious Is Code P0014? – 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 P0014 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 P0014:

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

  1. Check to see if there are any other codes along with P0014 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 Exhaust 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 P0014, 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 8

Edd morrison

March 27, 2019

Very good

WAYNE

April 9, 2019

GOOD THANK YOU!!

2 star

May 30, 2019

Show me the real advance mark to place bank 1 exhaust timing in 2gr

Ralph Thiers

July 22, 2019

Thank you. Will a good service mechanic be able to repair it

Steven K

September 16, 2019

I replaced the solenoids myself

Eric

October 16, 2019

i have a 2014 Nissan Maxima 3.5 s i also change the variable valve solenoid but it keep appear the (service engine soon) again what i can do?

Ralph Thiers

July 22, 2019

Thank you for the help.
Will a good service mechanic be able to fix the problem?

Scott Allen

October 6, 2019

How long would you drive on this,going out of town in 2 days step son 19 will be driving it in town to work and back,will it be good for 2 weeks?

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