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99 ford contour trouble code 1383 what causes this code

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99 ford contour trouble code 1383 what causes this code
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Ford snr master replied 7 years ago.

good morning and thank you for inquiring with JustAnswer. i have looked up the code in the shop manual and i will paste the description and possible causes below. that code is stored usually when the VCT unit gets worn or when it gets sludged up from oil depositis sticking, more common when maintenance has been neglected ,i suggest removing the VCT unit and inspecting for a sticking actuator or possibly the oil feed ports to it being clogged



DTCDescriptionPossible CausesDiagnostic Aides

P1383 - Variable Cam Timing Over-retarded (Bank 1) The comprehensive component monitor (CCM) monitors the VCT position for over-retarded camshaft timing. The test fails when the camshaft timing exceeds a maximum calibrated value or remains in an retarded position.
  • Cam timing improperly set
  • Continuous oil flow to the VCT piston chamber
  • VCT solenoid valve stuck open
  • Camshaft advance mechanism binding (VCT unit)
DTC P1383 is a check of the VCT unit. Testing should not include electrical checks. Engine will idle rough, hard starting and may stall. Diagnostics and repair for the VCT unit are located in the Workshop Manual