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Old 11-06-2011, 03:47 PM
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Question Code P0011

Camshaft Position Advanced Over System Performance Bank 1 - what causes this code to come up? The car has a loud tapping on the passenger-side near the valve cover and water pump. What side of the engine is Bank 1?
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:25 PM
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Bank 1 means where the first cylinders (1-4 in your case) are. On the M62 is the passenger side.

On the 2001 540 (M62TU engine) P0011 means :

Variable Camshaft Timing (VANOS)

Monitor Strategy Description : Rationality check
Malfunction Criteria : Time to change timing
Threshold Value : >4....>10 sec
Seconadry parameter : VANOS
Enable conditions : active (timing change>2 degrees)
MIL will iluminate : after two driving cycles.

This code, together with the noise that you are trying to describe on Bank 1 (passenger side), means that you have problems with the VANOS unit or VANOS solenoid.For the VANOS solenoid you should have another code so chances are small.
This requires VANOS unit to be changed (around $500) or repaired (if Beysan Systems will release the repair kit this month), timing chain labor (15-23 Hours) worth between $1500 to $3000 depending on the shop or steeler.

Few questions :
Is this the only code stored?
Millage on the engine?
Oil level and what oil has in it?

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Old 11-06-2011, 08:36 PM
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Definately a vanos (timing) issue.

If you're hearing rattling from the front of the engine, drop your oil pan & look for bits of broken pieces from chain guides.

If you find broken pieces, now's the time to replace the chain guides - before the chain breaks & causes more havoc.

Do a search on P0011 & you'll find lots of info on this. Basically, the guides start to break down & allow the timing chain to jump/slide on the spocket & cause the vanos to get out of time. Allow it to go on long enough & it can cause the timing chain to break, then the engine to free wheel, then valves & pistons collide and then......not pretty.

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