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I have a 97 sunfire with a p0342 engine code. it is running really bad can you help me

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This is a camshaft position sensor this sensor may be going bad they are usually located on the front of the motor up hi where the camshaft is.

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I have a code of p0342 off my innova 3100 obd2 code reader what it mean


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My 2002 Pontiac Sunfire needs a major tune up, cataletic converter, sensor, etc. Where do I begin if I want to do some of the work myself? It would cost me $1,000. at


what symptoms, dead car, runs bad, what?
well do the tune up, (cars for dummies read that) i didnt name book. sorry.
then scan it , its free to cars and post the DTC errros.
if a sensor is bad, it will tell you. it bad. using codes.
if sensor really is bad replace it, if wires to it bad, fix those..
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I have a coolant leak on a 97 sunfire 2.4l engine.when looking at the engine,is the water pump on the left side or to the right of the engine.


the water pump is in the back of the engine. if you stand at the passengers side fender and look at the motor it is on your left side next to the fire wall,and it is run by the timing chain

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On my 97 Sunfire the check engine light was staying on all the time. My scanner gave me a P0342 code. I cleaned the connection to the cam position sensor and coated the wires with insulating grease. The...


Probably the sensor. Hair line crack in sensor can cause the check engine light to come on .When the sensor gets hot it expands and causes a fault reading.

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97 sunfire 2.2l, changed fuel pump, now injectors keep squirting fuel after engine is turned off, also floods out and dies after few moments running


fuel pressure regulater or relay is going bad or a fuel return problem check hoses going back were u done repair good luck

Dec 20, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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Trouble codes po335and po342 car runs fine but shows these trouble codes


P0335 - Crankshaft Position Sensor "A" Circuit
P0342 - Camshaft Position Sensor "A" Circuit Low Bank 1 or Single Sensor.

Click the code links above to access more information that pertains to the codes you posted.

Jul 06, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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What are code p0342 and p0431


342 is camshaft position sensor and 431 is your catalytic converter may be getting weak. If this was my car I would do the 342 code and see if the other code for the cat comes back. Tell the shop fix the camshaft sensor. If the sensor is bad your car can still run but its possible you could set a cat code because
of it but on the other hand you cannot set a camshaft code because of a bad cat.

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Stalling,check engine light cam shaft sensor position A code


the code for camshaft sensor is--p0341 and p0342, po341 is camshaft range or performance problem. p0342 is camshaft curcuit , low input. hope this helps carl.

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I was driving and heard a pop noise and then my 97


could be the timing chain. Was it a pop or more like a ping . A ping could indicate a timing chain problem. The tensioner might have gone bad.
its not hard to replace for an experienced mechanic

Jul 05, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Sunfire

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