P0011 NISSAN - Intake Valve Timing Control Performance Bank 1

This diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is a generic powertrain code, which means that it applies to OBD-II equipped vehicles, including but not limited to Toyota, VW, Honda, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Audi, Acura, etc.

P0011 NISSAN - Intake Valve Timing Control Performance Bank 1

A P0011 code refers to the VVT (variable valve timing) or VCT (variable camshaft timing) components and the car's PCM (powertrain control module) or ECM (engine control module). VVT is a technology used in the engine to allow it to get greater power or efficiency at different running points.
That consists of a few different components but the P0011 DTC specifically refers to the camshaft (cam) timing. In this case, if the cam timing is above a set limit (over-advanced), the engine light will be illluminated and the code will be set. The "A" camshaft is either the intake, left, or front camshaft. This code is specific to bank 1. Bank 1 is the side of the engine that contains cylinder #1.

Possible causes Of Nissan P0011

  1. Low or Dirty Engine Oil 
  2. Faulty Intake Valve Timing Control Solenoid Valve 
  3. Intake Valve Timing Control Solenoid Valve harness is open or shorted 
  4. Intake Valve Timing Control Solenoid Valve circuit poor electrical connection 
  5. Faulty Camshaft Position Sensor 
  6. Camshaft Position Sensor harness is open or shorted 
  7. Camshaft Position Sensor circuit poor electrical connection 
  8. Faulty Crankshaft Position Sensor (POS)

Possible Solutions 

This DTC code is a result of a mechanical fault of the VCT unit or related components, so there is no need for electrical diagnosis. Refer to vehicle specific repair manual to perform component tests for the VCT unit. Notes: Dealer techs have advanced tools and the ability to follow detailed troubleshooting steps, including the ability to test components using a scan tool.

Possible symptoms 

  • Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light) 
  • Possible engine lack/loss of power 
  • Posssible engine rough idle 

P0011 Nissan Description 

This mechanism hydraulically controls cam phases continuously with the fixed operating angle of the intake valve. 
The ECM receives signals such as crankshaft position, camshaft position, engine speed, and engine coolant temperature. Then, the ECM sends ON/OFF pulse duty signals to the intake valve timing control solenoid valve depending on driving status. This makes it possible to control the shut/open timing of the intake valve to increase engine torque in low/mid speed range and output in high-speed range. 
The intake valve timing control solenoid valve changes the oil amount and direction of flow through intake valve timing control unit or stops oil flow. The longer pulse width advances valve angle. The shorter pulse width retards valve angle. When ON and OFF pulse widths become equal, the solenoid valve stops oil pressure flow to fix the intake valve angle at the control position.