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P0340 Saturn

P0340 Saturn - Camshaft Position Sensor 'A' Circuit Malfunction

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Possible causes
- Faulty Camshaft Position Sensor
- Camshaft Position Sensor harness is open or shorted
- Camshaft Position Sensor circuit poor electrical connection
- Faulty starter motor
- Starting system circuit
- Dead (Weak) battery
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Tech notes
On some Saturn models the camshaft position sensor is part Ignition Control Module (ICM) (aka igniter)
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When is the code detected?
The camshaft position sensor signal is not detected by the Engine Control Module(ECM) during the first few seconds of engine cranking
Possible symptoms
- Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)
- Lack/Loss of Power
- Engine Stall
P0340 Saturn Description

The Camshaft Position Sensor is an electronic device used in an engine to record the rate at which the camshaft is spinning. This information is used by the Engine Control Module(ECM) to control ignition and fuel injection. The camshaft position sensor senses the retraction of camshaft (intake) to identify a particular cylinder. The camshaft position sensor senses the piston position. The sensor system consists of a rotating part, typically a disc, as well as a static part, the actual sensor.

When the engine is running, the high and low parts of the teeth cause the gap with the sensor to change. The changing gap causes the magnetic field near the sensor to change. The change in the magnetic field cause the voltage from the sensor to change.

When the crankshaft position sensor (POS) system becomes inoperative, the camshaft position sensor provides various controls of engine parts instead, utilizing timing of cylinder identification signals.

SATURN Technical Service Bulletins for P0340 code
1996 SATURN S-SERIES Unknown Or Other Details
1997 SATURN S-SERIES Unknown Or Other Details
1998 SATURN S-SERIES Unknown Or Other Details
1996 SATURN SATURN Unknown Or Other Details
1997 SATURN SATURN Unknown Or Other Details
1998 SATURN SATURN Unknown Or Other Details
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