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3 Warning Signs of Camshaft Position Sensor Failure in Your Volvo

With all of the different parts involved with getting your car running and then maintaining that performance, it is hard to keep track of them all. To take it even further, it is going to be very difficult to identify when one of the smaller parts starts to go bad and is no longer operating as designed. This can happen with the camshaft position sensor in your Volvo.

The camshaft position sensor gathers information about your Volvo’s camshaft speeds while you are driving. It then sends that information to the ECM, or Engine Control Module. Your Volvo’s ECM will then use this data to adjust the ignition timing as well as the fuel injectors, which are responsible for giving your engine gas.

Without all of this information, your Volvo’s engine will not be able to perform at its optimal function at your command.

As you continue to drive more and more, the camshaft position sensor will eventually start failing or even become worn down. This can occur from regular wear and tear or from a collision.

When your Volvo’s camshaft position sensor starts to fail, there will be several different warning signs that you can look for to ideally have the sensor replaced before it completely stops working. When it does stop working, you won’t be able to drive your Volvo anymore, as your engine will essentially shut down.

Warning Signs of a Failing Camshaft Position Sensor

When your Volvo’s camshaft position sensor starts failing, there are some warning signs to let you know you need to have it replaced. We’ve put together a list of the top three warning signs so you can tell if your camshaft position sensor is starting to fail.

  • Your Volvo is Not Driving as Expected: If you have noticed that your Volvo has started stalling more frequently, has started to idle roughly, or it doesn’t seem to have as much power as it used to have, there is a good chance that your camshaft position sensor has started to fail. Just keep in mind that these can also be symptoms of other problems with your Volvo as well, so your best option is to visit a Volvo repair expert to get a full diagnosis.
  • Your Check Engine Light has Come On: Your Volvo’s check engine light on the dashboard will illuminate as soon as the camshaft position sensor starts to fail. Now keep in mind that the check engine light will come on for a number of different reasons as well, so you will need to have a Volvo repair specialist run a full diagnostic on your Volvo to narrow down the problem so they can fix the specific issue.
  • Your Volvo Will Not Start: If you start experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms and the problem is the camshaft position sensor, your Volvo will eventually get to the point where it will not be able to start any longer. As the camshaft sensor continues to weaken, the signal that was originally being transmitted to your Volvo’s ECM will also begin to weaken. Once this happens, it is only a matter of time until the signal stops completely, meaning that your engine will stop too.

What makes this even scarier is that your Volvo’s engine does have the potential to shut off while you are driving it, putting you and any passengers in extreme and immediate danger, so do not delay in taking your Volvo to a certified Volvo repair shop for inspection.

Volvo Camshaft Position Sensor Check

Dell’s Service Center For Your Volvo’s Needs

Your Volvo’s camshaft position sensor is a very important part of your car. Because of this, the moment that you notice your Volvo is not driving like you expect, if it is not starting as quickly as it normally does, or the check engine light has come on, you will need to bring it into Dell’s Service Center in Green Bay, Manitowoc, and Sturgeon Bay, WI.

We will run a full diagnostic test on your vehicle to assess the exact problem. We will then review your options with you and allow you to make a decision on how to proceed. If the inspection shows a need to replace your Volvo’s camshaft position sensor, we will fix it for you quickly and get you safely back on the road. Call us today for an appointment.

* Volvo XC40 image credit goes to: y_carfan.

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