Troubleshooting DTC P0014 Chevrolet: Causes, Solutions, and Maintenance Guide

In this video, we have a 2012 Cadillac SRX with a check engine light, accompanied by a P0014 trouble code. This code indicates an issue with the exhaust camshaft position performance on bank one. The information shared in this video is applicable to most GM vehicles equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine.

Modern engines like this one often feature Variable Valve Timing (VVT), which is designed to enhance performance and fuel efficiency. However, the intricate timing of internal components is crucial for the system to function properly. When components are not timed correctly, it can trigger error codes such as the P0014.

Potential Causes and Solutions

One of the potential causes for the P0014 code is related to the camshaft position solenoid valves located at the front of the engine. These engines typically have four of these solenoid valves—two at the back and two at the front, each responsible for controlling the timing for the exhaust and intake, respectively.

The operation of these solenoid valves relies on proper oil pressure and flow. Therefore, maintaining an adequate oil level and quality is essential for their correct functioning. Low oil levels or degraded oil can impair the performance of these components.

Prior to replacing any components, it is advised to check the oil level and ensure its quality. Neglecting oil changes or allowing the oil level to drop significantly can cause damage that may necessitate the replacement of the solenoid valves.

Diagnosis and Maintenance

Inspecting the camshaft position actuator valve and ensuring the engine oil is at the appropriate level can often resolve the P0014 code issue. Regular oil changes and diligent monitoring of the oil level are recommended practices to prevent such problems from occurring.

Further Inspection

When examining the solenoid valves, it’s important to check for any metal particles, as their presence can indicate more extensive internal engine damage. If metal particles are found on the screens of the solenoid valve, it suggests a deeper issue within the engine that requires attention beyond solenoid valve replacement.


By addressing the camshaft position actuator valve and maintaining proper oil levels, it is often possible to resolve the P0014 trouble code. Adhering to routine oil changes and monitoring oil levels can help prevent similar issues from arising in the future.

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