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Customer: ***** ***** Calhoun My 07 Avalon check engine light, VSC light, and traction light all came on. OBD reader says P0015-Exhaust Camshaft Position Timing- Over- Retarded (Bank 1). Do you know what that means?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: It just cut on today. The car wasn't driving any differently. The car has been sounding odd lately though. It has a bit of a high pitch whine when idle and when starting to speed up. It does get a bit quieter once over about 40 mph
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. The P0015 code relates to the control gear for the Variable Valve timing unit located on the camshaft. Most likely, it is sticking or moving improperly. Toyota issues a technical service bulletin that addresses this issue; perhaps the best thing you could do is take the car to a dealer service department and have the control gear checked. If it is faulty, it will need to be replaced. Note that this job is NOT something that is recommended if one is not skilled in camshaft removal. If you have the skills, you can replace it. If not, leave this one to the pros.

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