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Will not start has p11 code, No they are good, It's a 2006

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Will not start has p11 code
JA: Have you checked the battery, particularly the terminal connections? Are they corroded?
Customer: No they are good
JA: What year is your P1?
Customer: It's a 2006 solstice. Engine has p11 trouble code
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yep going to fix it myself
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  david craig replied 7 months ago.

Hi Im David, the very first thing I do with this code is change the oil and filter as the vvt actuators operate by oil pressure. 5 out of 10 times this takes care of the issue. when was your last oil change?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I will change the oil and filter today. Will this problem cause the car not to start?
Expert:  david craig replied 7 months ago.

if the vvt actuator has failed yes. when trying to start is the vehicle cranking ok but just not turning over?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Expert:  david craig replied 7 months ago.

ok. hold off on the oil change then. you need to check timing. are you familiar with putting the engine at tdc and verifying the timing?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Expert:  david craig replied 7 months ago.

are you mechanically inclined with vehicles?

Expert:  david craig replied 7 months ago.

Fault codes don't necessarily have a single "repair" and can often be caused by several different things. That being said the most common causes of camshaft phaser solenoid issues are either engine oil condition/level or the solenoid. The solenoid is easily replaced. It is mounted on top of the engine with a wiring connector and one 10mm bolt. It is important to clean the area prior to removing it otherwise dirt and debris may enter the hole after removal. About 85% of these are caused by the solenoid. I've had a few that require engine disassembly and the phaser itself replaced however that is a bit rare.

Expert:  david craig replied 7 months ago.


Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 7 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

The no start condition may or may not be related to the code you found. It's definitely possible that you could have a cam timing issue but you could also be missing fuel pressure, you could be missing spark due to a sensor or wiring issue, it could be fuel quality or an exhaust restriction.

Have you checked spark and fuel pressure?