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I am trying to locate my camshaft sensor part so i can clean

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I am trying to locate my camshaft sensor part so i can clean it
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Customer: I am getting a P0016 code and everything online says I should start by cleaning the cam and crankshaft sensors, but not sure which ones those are
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: yes
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Customer: looking for diagrams online of where the part is
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Customer: just changed my oil, filter, and cleaned the mass air sensor
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Subaru
Expert:  Ronnie replied 1 year ago.

Hello and thank for your question,

can you tell me what year your Subaru is please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
2007 b9 tribeca
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Ronnie replied 1 year ago.

Your engine has two cam sensors, one for bank one and one for bank two. They are located on the heads at the front of the engine. The code P0016 indicates the problem is with the bank one sensor. See there location the link below. Copy and paste the link to your browser to open and view it.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
bank one, meaning intake, right?
Expert:  Ronnie replied 1 year ago.

Which engine do you have?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
3.0L 6-cyl. AWD 5-speed Automatic w/Gray Int.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
7 passenger version
Expert:  Ronnie replied 1 year ago.

Okay then yes, bank one is the right side, same side as the #1 cylinder.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
how do i know if its a bad sensor, and I clean it first with ?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this came up when i was really low on oil, and got a p0026 and p0018 code, i changed the oil, filter, etc, and now just the 0016 code remains.
Expert:  Ronnie replied 1 year ago.

Clean it first with some carb cleaner and a soft cloth. Being low on oil could very well have set these codes as well. Get it cleaned and see if the code clears.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
cleaned it, ran better than before but the 0016 error code came back
Expert:  Ronnie replied 1 year ago.

Okay this code can be set by any of the following,

  • Change the engine oil and filter (recheck for the same trouble code)
  • Check the oil flow control solenoid valve for clogging and/or contamination in the oil passage, settling at the spring, or a stuck valve
  • Check the intake camshaft for sludge or possible damage
  • Verify that the timing belt is properly aligned at the timing mark
  • Check the engine oil amount, and check for signs of contaminated engine oil
  • Check the oil pipe for clogging