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  • P000D is a generic powertrain code that can be triggered when the vehicle computer detects that the camshaft isn’t in its expected position during camshaft phase changes.
  • A faulty camshaft position sensor, improper oil supply, a faulty oil control valve and a malfunctioning VVT actuator are common reasons why on-board diagnostics will log this code.
  • If your vehicle logs this code, it can exhibit engine performance problems, produce rattling noises, and increase tailpipe emissions.

Most modern engines are equipped with a variable valve timing (VVT) system that helps increase fuel efficiency and/or engine performance. But like any other system in a vehicle, its individual components may fail. 

On-board diagnostic (OBD) systems serve as one of the starting points for troubleshooting modern vehicles. By connecting a scan tool or a code reader to a vehicle’s OBD port, trouble codes that may indicate persisting problems in its systems can be retrieved. 

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Code P000D is one of the several diagnostic trouble codes related to camshaft position and VVT. Read on to learn more about what this code may mean.

What Does the P000d Code Mean? 

Diagnostic trouble code (DTC) P000D stands for “Exhaust ‘B’ Camshaft Position Slow Response.” 

This code is triggered once the powertrain control module (PCM) perceives that the actual camshaft position does not match the expected position during camshaft phase changes. This generic DTC may be triggered in a variety of vehicles that have variable valve timing.

A VVT system uses solenoid-operated oil control valves to apply oil pressure to an actuator. This actuator alters the angular position of the camshaft. The PCM monitors the exact rotational position of the vehicle’s camshaft through the camshaft position sensor

You can learn more about VVT systems and how they work here.

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Once the PCM detects a slow response in the camshaft position in bank 2 Circuit B, it may trigger the error code P000d. 

Once the PCM detects a slow response in the camshaft position in bank 2 Circuit B, it may trigger the error code P000D. 

The severity of this code is moderate to high and it may greatly affect the engine’s performance. If your scan tool reads this code, it’s a good idea to address it right away.

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Note: The definition of code P000D may be different depending on the vehicle manufacturer. Consult the appropriate repair manual or repair database for the exact code definition.

What are the Possible Causes of the P000d Code? 

Here are the possible triggers of this code: 

What are the Common Symptoms of the P000D Code?

Since this code may pertain to a problem in the VVT system, it may decrease your vehicle’s engine performance. Here are some common symptoms associated with this trouble code. 

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An active check engine light is a common symptom of the P000D trouble code.

How to Diagnose the P000D Code

Diagnosing the P000d trouble code may prove challenging if you are not knowledgeable about VVT systems and auto repair. In many cases, it’s best to leave the job to a mechanic for an accurate diagnosis.

If you have advanced DIY repair skills and prefer to diagnose this code yourself, it may be helpful to refresh your knowledge of what the proper diagnostic procedure might involve. Always consult a repair manual or an online repair database for vehicle-specific information.

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How to Fix the P000D Code 

The P000D code is a generic DTC that may be triggered in a wide variety of vehicles. However, the exact steps for its diagnosis and repair may vary between makes and models. For example, repair information for a P000D Dodge code may not be applicable when troubleshooting a Chevy.

Consult the appropriate repair manual or an online repair database for factory repair information before attempting fixes related to this code. Alternatively, you may take your car to an auto shop for diagnosis and repair.

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