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      P003F “A” Camshaft Profile Actuator - Variable Valve Timing Solenoid Stuck

      This code is new to me: P003F “A” Camshaft Profile Actuator “A” Control Stuck on Bank 2.

      Based on my research, Volvo calls it the Variable Valve Timing Solenoid or more commonly VVT. Asking if anyone has direct experience with it on the Volvo S80 or P3 cars? It started awhile ago accompanied with random/multiple cylinder misfires P0300. The solenoid allows more oil into the cylinders as the vehicle accelerates or is under heavy load. On inline 6-cylinder Volvos there are two next to the ignition coils: passenger side (Bank 1) and driver’s side (Bank 2).

      When I got the first misfire errors, I changed the oil, replaced spark plugs and checked the coils. Cleared the codes, but they returned, so now I am focused on P003F code. Google found only one reference to an XC70, so it is not a very common issue for S80 or P3 models. The XC70 owner posted that he first replaced a Camshaft Impulse Sensor but that did not help. He then replaced the VVT Solenoid 36002689 and reported the problem fixed.

      Tasca shows Volvo part 36002689 discontinued with no replacement?? FCP has one for $173 + $25 core charge and also a Volvo remanufactured part 31216281 for $115. I could also try to clean the existing one. Any advice would be appreciated. No access to VIDA/Dice at the moment.

      Last edited by blindkarma; 01-24-2020 at 11:09 AM.
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      Cleaned the existing VVT, but still tested dead when attached to a battery.

      I then ordered the remanufactured #31216281 from FCPEuro and it arrived promptly. Came in a blue Volvo box and I could not see any remanufactured markings. The replacement part easily swapped out after disconnecting the wired plug. There is only one torx screw for removal, so the job took only 5 minutes. I cleared the codes and they have not returned. So that’s all there was to it.

      Not related, the only difficult part came before I needed a smog test. After clearing the codes, the car needs to go through the full drive cycle before the ECU will indicate it is ready for an emissions test. Everything was fine on my scanner except the evaporative monitor was not ready after driving 36 miles. I learned the drive cycle requires driving 45-50 mph for 20 minutes, then idle for 5 minutes. Let engine cool down. Then drive 45-50 mph for 20 minutes and let engine cool down again.
      Last edited by blindkarma; 03-07-2020 at 09:18 AM.
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      Any chance of showing what the solenoid placement on the engine is? I have the identical read-out on my 09 xc70 3.2. I ordered the part already, just trying to figure which one it is.
      2009 XC70 82K my first Volvo

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      Quote Originally Posted by stiksave View Post
      Any chance of showing what the solenoid placement on the engine is? I have the identical read-out on my 09 xc70 3.2. I ordered the part already, just trying to figure which one it is.
      https://volvoforums.com/forum/volvo-...eration-86968/

      A few decent pics in this thread. Maybe check the wiring first. The solenoids are visible in the pics.

      Same thread on Matthew's.

      https://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/fo...ic.php?t=73812
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      Bank 2 should be the exhaust, which should be the one with the chewed wire, Bank 1 should be the intake which is the one at an angle to the right of the chewed wire solenoid. This should help me out. I hope.
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      Am I right or wrong about which solenoid is which? The one to the right of the chewed wire unit is the intake, so which is the exhaust. The chewed wire unit, or the one on the right side of the head with the torx screw under the motor mount?
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      There are two identical variable valve timing solenoids corresponding to Bank 1 and Bank 2. According to another site, Bank 1 controls cylinders 1-2-4, while Bank 2 controls cylinders 3-5-6. There is also a different variable valve solenoid for the intake side. I have included pics of each location below.

      To remove the VVT solenoid for Bank 2, there is one screw requiring a T27 torx bit. Make sure you have one with at least 6" extension before you start. Also, it is best to disconnect the wires on the #6 ignition coil to gain better access to the wire connector on the VVT solenoid. When you remove the old solenoid, make sure you remove the old o-ring with it. The new part should have a new o-ring, so check the box if it is not attached. Remember to reconnect the ignition coil after you install the VVT solenoid.





      Last edited by blindkarma; 03-07-2020 at 02:39 PM.
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      Thank you so much for your response and help. You just helped me so much.
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      Glad it helped. Good luck. 👍🏼
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      I bought a replacement vvt from Rock Auto, the stem of the solenoid wouldn't go into the bore that the old one came out of, sent it back. Ordered a Dorman 916-766 from Amazon for $80, same part autozone sells for $115.00, dropped right in, cleared the cel. Hopefully that takes care of it.
      Last edited by stiksave; 03-13-2020 at 07:38 PM.
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      Glad you eventually got it fixed.

      For the P3 Volvos, I stay with Volvo branded parts or at least OEM components. Brakes might be the exception as there are enough owners reporting on specific performance. Generic parts are an unknown factor of inconvenience whenever incompatible or less durable. Even saving 30% is not really savings if it dies early or creates more problems to solve. FCPEuro.com and IPDUSA.com are the first sources I check since they factor real owner experience and do their own research on our cars. They’re not stocking an entire line of goods based on cheapest price. FCPEuro also gives a lifetime warranty on everything which is exceptional. That pays for itself if I ever have a failure, but I have not needed to use it yet.
      Last edited by blindkarma; 03-14-2020 at 12:10 PM.
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      Those are my two go-to sources as well. Just completing an order today, lol.
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      I understand what your saying, but Volvo isn't any different then any other mfg. They out source everything also. I pulled the FoMoCo spark plugs and replaced them with Denso. The solenoid that didn't fit was a Standard Auto Parts unit. they've been around forever. Dorman makes a ton of parts, confidant it will be fine. When I needed a replacement hood latch, the local Volvo dealer had one for $125, I bought a matched used set(2) and a fog light grill for $70 from Erie VoVo.
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      Quote Originally Posted by stiksave View Post
      I understand what your saying, but Volvo isn't any different then any other mfg.
      Good luck.
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      Thanks! Over 100 miles without the cel. As an aside, with being stuck mostly home, covid 19, it was time spring clean my garage. For the hell of it, I looked at the packaging and spare parts accumulated while getting the Volvo roadworthy. I found nothing manufactured in Sweden. Poland, Belgium, Czech republic, and Germany to name a few countries. Thanks again.
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      Passed state inspection this morning. Thanks for the help.URL=https://smg.photobucket.com/user/stiksave/media/Volvo_zps33qbszjn.jpeg.html][/URL]
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