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P0012 TOYOTA - Camshaft Position 'A' Timing Over-Retarded Bank 1

Repair Importance Level: 3/3
Repair Difficulty Level: 3/3 What does this mean?
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Possible causes

  • Low or Dirty Engine Oil
  • Faulty variable valve timing (VVT)
  • Faulty oil control valve (OCV)
  • Variable Valve Timing (VVT) harness is open or shorted
  • Oil Control Valve (OCV) harness circuit is open or shorted
  • Damaged ECM
What does this mean?

Tech notes

There is a factory service bulletin for the following Toyota models:

2005-2007 Toyota Corolla
2005-2007 Toyota Matrix

2005-2007 Toyota Camry

What does this mean?

When is the code detected?

After the ECM sends the target duty cycle signal to the OCV, the ECM monitors the OCV current to establish an actual duty cycle. The ECM determines the existence of a malfunction and sets the DTC when the actual duty cycle ratio varies from the target duty cycle ratio.

Possible symptoms

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
  • Possible Lack/Loss of power
  • Possible Engine rough idle

P0012 TOYOTA Description

The Engine Control Module (ECM) controls the Oil Control Valve (OCV) to regulate the intake camshaft angle. As a result of the angle change, the engine timing is advance or retard. Optimizing engine timing will help the engine improve torque and fuel economy, and the exhaust emissions decrease under overall driving conditions. The Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system includes the Oil Control Valve (OCV) and VVT controller. The ECM detects the actual intake valve timing using signals from the camshaft and crankshaft position sensors, and performs feedback control.
OBDII Code P0012 Toyota - Camshaft Position 'A' Timing Over-Retarded Bank 1 -

P0012 TOYOTA Information for specific Toyota models

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