What is P0017 Code? | Crankshaft Position – Camshaft Position Correlation

The P0017 is Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) represents that there is something wrong with the car crankshaft and camshaft. The crankshaft and camshaft play a major role in moving the vehicle. They ensure the efficient working of the engine. If they are not working efficiently, the engine performance may drop, and the OBD-II scan tool may trigger the P0017 code. The P0017 code on the Chevy vehicle transforms to Crankshaft Position – Exhaust Camshaft Position Not Acceptable.

What Does the P0017 Code Mean?

P0017 is a Diagnostic Trouble Code which stands for “Camshaft Position sensor B – Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 1)”. Similar to P0016, P0017 also indicates that the PCM (powertrain control module) of the vehicle senses a misalignment between the positions of the camshaft and crankshaft.

Sensor B represents the exhaust side of the camshaft, and Bank 1 represents the side of the engine that has cylinder 1.

code P0017

The P0017 code on Chevy car converts to Crankshaft Position – Exhaust Camshaft Position Not Plausible. Although different manufacturers have given different names, but in simple words, the P0017 code means that the powertrain control module believes the difference between the camshaft and the crankshaft positions is out of specifications.

There are some other codes that are given below in detail:

  1. DTCP0019: Crankshaft Position – Exhaust Camshaft Position Not Plausible Bank 2
  2. DTCP0018: Crankshaft Position – Intake Camshaft Position Not Plausible Bank 2
  3. DTCP0017: Crankshaft Position – Exhaust Camshaft Position Not Plausible Bank 1
  4. DTCP0016:  Crankshaft Position – Intake Camshaft Position Not Plausible Bank 1

Read More: Signs and Causes of P0016 code

How to Diagnose the P0017 Code

You must continuously observe the P0017 code to ensure the efficient working of your car. As you observe a problem, you must immediately stop the vehicle and diagnose the problem.

In order to properly diagnose the issue, you need to investigate all possible causes. If you can’t diagnose the issue yourself, then drive your vehicle to a mechanic and ask him to diagnose the problem.

 If you want to try the diagnostic process, the following video will help you to correctly carry out the diagnostic process.

Causes of the P0017 Code

Following are the possible causes of the P0017 code: 

  • Overextended or failed timing belt or timing chain 
  • Engine overheating
  • The failure of the mechanical oil system.
  • Bad crankshaft or camshaft reflector wheel
  • Inconsistent signals of the crankshaft and camshaft sensor.
  • Dirty engine oil or low viscosity of the oil viscosity.
  • Insufficient engine oil
  • Bad cam sensor
  • Damaged PCM (check for any update)
  • Damaged or bad variable valve timing (VVT) solenoid (a.k.a. oil control valve)
  • Loose connections or wiring
  • Damaged or faulty variable valve timing (VVT) actuator (a.k.a. phaser)
  • Bad crank sensor

Common mistakes when diagnosing the P0017 code

Following are the most common mistakes that an expert may make while diagnosing the P0017:

  1. Error codes and problems not verified prior to diagnosis.
  2. You have not followed diagnostic procedures that could lead to a misdiagnosis.
  3. No visual inspection for connections and wiring issues before their replacement.
  4. Use of inappropriate tools to inspect the defective parts.

How serious is the P0017 code?

  1. Carbon deposits in the engine can foul the spark plug, which may lead to engine misfiring issues.
  2. The timing chain may have guides or tensioners that can cause the timing chain to jump over the gear teethes and cause serious engine damage from valve or piston knock.
  3. When you drive your vehicle with a damaged camshaft, it may lead to different issues such as stalling, misfiring, and an inability to start.

Symptoms of P0017 Trouble Code

Symptoms of Code P0017

Following are the most common symptoms of P0017 Code:

  1. In the case of P0017, the engine fault indicator light turns on.
  2. The engine performance is reduced.
  3. The engine may have starting issues or will not start at all.
  4. A reduction in the fuel economy.
  5. The engine runs erratically or feels rough while running.

What repairs can fix the P0017 code?

Before replacing the part, it is necessary to conduct a detailed diagnosis. Here are some steps to help you identify the problem: Possible solutions are:

  • Repair wiring
  • Inspect or replace the timing chain and timing belt
  • Change the engine oil
  • Exchange cam or crank sensor
  • Change the timing belt or chain tensioner
  • Change the tone ring of the camshaft or crankshaft.
  • Replace VVT solenoid, oil control valve, or CMP actuator
  • Remove the carbon build-up from the engine piston and valve after the code repairs.

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How To Fix the P0017 Code?

To fix the P0017 trouble code, you need the following tools:

  1. Hand tools to access the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors
  2. An oscillator
  3. Vehicle service manual
  4. OBD2 scanner

code P0017 fixing

If you want to fix or diagnose the P0017 code, the following steps:

  • Scan for other active Diagnostic Trouble Codes: Use an OBD scanner to scan other available codes. Most vehicles have P0019, P0018, P0016, and P0009 codes, along with P0017. If you see these codes, you can easily find the main issue. To fix the code, you need to fix the issue.
  • Inspect the engine oil: The engine oil level in your vehicle must be according to the desired level. The engine oil should be clean. Clean and high-pressurized oil is essential for the efficient working of the CMP actuator. Inspect the oil level and make sure that it is according to the requirements.
  • Check the connectors, sensors, and wiring: Sometimes, damaged wiring around the camshaft sensor and crankshaft sensor may cause of P0017 code. Repair the open magnetic circuit and inspect the wiring. Repair or replace damaged cables and ensure all connections are in good working order.
  • Inspect the car condition when the code is set from the freeze frame data
  • Check the Cam phaser position: The cam phaser may misalign due to multiple reasons. The dirt and debris may clog the inlet screen provided to the phaser; due to that, it produces low pressure. The phaser may also be mechanically damaged; due to that, it can’t work according to the requirements. Remove the contamination and repair damaged phaser parts to fix the cam phaser issue.
  • Inspect the timing chain misalignment: The P0017 code may also occur due to the misalignment of the timing chain. If it is damaged or stretched, replace it.
  • Check for mechanical or electrical issues in the cam phaser: If everything is fine, but you still get the code, then you must inspect the cam phaser. Test the electrical or mechanical components of the phaser. Use a shaker to inspect the mechanism and replace damaged parts.
  • If you are still looking P0017 code, then drive your vehicle to the professional.

What is the repair cost of a P0017 code?

The repair cost of the P0017 trouble code varies according to the vehicle type, your living area, and the labor cost. The below-given list represents the repair costs of some parts:  

CMP actuator solenoid replacement cost$290 to $3,100
Timing chain or belt replacement cost$310 to $3100
Timing chain/belt tensioner replacement cost  $260 to $3,200
Crankshaft or camshaft tone ring replacement cost$290 to $3,100
Repair wiring$60 to $600

FAQ Section

What is the P0017 code stand for?

P0017 code stands for “Camshaft Position B-Camshaft Position Correlation (Bank 1)”.

What is P0017?

P0017 is a Diagnostic Trouble Code. It indicates that the PCM (powertrain control module) of the vehicle senses a misalignment between the positions of the camshaft and crankshaft.

Where is the camshaft sensor located?

The camshaft sensor is located near the top of the engine inside the valve cover. In some vehicles, it is located at the front cylinder.

What are the signs of P0017?

Following are the signs of P0017 trouble code:

  1. Check Engine Light starts illuminating
  2. A reduction in engine performance
  3. The engine runs erratically or feels rough while running
  4. Engine starting issues
  5. Poor fuel economy
  6. Engine stalling

Can low oil cause P0017?

Yes, the low engine oil level can cause of P0017. Therefore, properly inspect the engine oil before driving the car.

What is Bank 1 Sensor B?

Bank 1 represents the side of the vehicle engine that has cylinder 1, while sensor B represents the exhaust camshaft side.

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