P0341 Code on Pont. GrandAM 2001 6Cyl 3.2L


Cougiaurmeh
05-27-2008, 03:16 PM
My wife's car, a Pontiac Grand AM SE1 2001 6Cyl 3.2L is having a "check engine" light on every now and then, and it's interfering with our safety inspection. The engine runs fine, however. I researched the code and found out it had to do with an intermittent fault on the camshaft position sensor, and found the problem could be anything from a loose wire, to a camshaft sensor, to an element on the camshaft.

So, I think I'll get it diagnosed at a shop, and then fix it myself. Now, does anyone know any good companies that can diagnose for cheap?

I'll return to this thread when the problem is diagnosed because next I need help knowing how to fix it. I learn fast and have an affinity for mechanical stuff, just cars are a tad new to me among other things.

xeroinfinity
05-27-2008, 03:38 PM
Welcome to AF.

Your engine is a 3.4L.
The sensor wires run behind the power steering pump and go inside the block, I'd check the wires first . To replace this isnt real fun....
Thier's probly a procedure in the Tips and Maintenance sub forum (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=2148) for the testing and replacement.


Good Luck

Oh and I'm not certain aboutt shops in your area.

Cougiaurmeh
05-27-2008, 09:19 PM
Welcome to AF.

Your engine is a 3.4L.
The sensor wires run behind the power steering pump and go inside the block, I'd check the wires first . To replace this isnt real fun....
Thier's probly a procedure in the Tips and Maintenance sub forum (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=2148) for the testing and replacement.


Good Luck

Oh and I'm not certain aboutt shops in your area.
3.4..oops. XD So the wires...gah, and I'll have to see if I can borrow the voltage testers from the Ft. Bliss do-it-yourself garage... Okay, so it's by the power steering pump. I'll check it out, thanks!

xeroinfinity
05-27-2008, 11:11 PM
Yes it is under the PS pump, kinda hard to see with the pump on, but thier will be a silver metal case over the wires. Like this....

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c242/xeroinfinity/auto%20odds-ends/CamshaftlocationV6.jpg

Here is that thread for the cam shaft R&R (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=663359) .

Cougiaurmeh
06-02-2008, 04:29 PM
Yes it is under the PS pump, kinda hard to see with the pump on, but thier will be a silver metal case over the wires. Like this....

http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c242/xeroinfinity/auto%20odds-ends/CamshaftlocationV6.jpg

Here is that thread for the cam shaft R&R (http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=663359) .

Alright, found a new cam position sensor for the car, and with my military discount got it for $42 cash, contrasted to some other places that charged $60-$86. Got a foot-long needlenose pliars for $6, and am taking the car to the Ft. Bliss Do-it-yourself car garage on wednesday. I see exactly what you mean about the sensor's location. Hey, at least it's not any harder than moving the car steering reservoir to get a better view, and I now have the 'fingers' necessary to reach that narsty bitch and get 'er replaced in time.

Question. After I unclip the steering fluid reservoir fastener from below, will I encounter any problems moving the black-plastic reservoir out of my way? Just making sure, and I have 2 days till the shop opens. :D:popcorn:

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