The air intake valve and exhaust valve must be opened and closed at precisely the right times. The variable valve timing system is responsible for managing these two valves. When they’re opened and closed properly, it will enhance the engine performance and fuel economy of the vehicle.
The powertrain control module uses variable valve timing control valves to adjust the camshaft. When the powertrain control module tries to adjust the timing of Bank 1 Intake Camshaft, and an electrical problem is detected in the valve or the circuit leading to the valve, then trouble code P0010 is activated.
The symptoms of trouble code P0010 will include a reduced fuel economy, rough engine, engine idling, engine knocking, Check Engine warning light coming on, increased RPM, and weak engine performance. All these symptoms have a moderate level of severity, so you should take them seriously. After all, do you really want to drive around with poor fuel economy and weak engine power?
Some of the causes of trouble code P0010 may include damaged wiring, bad camshaft position sensor, bad crankshaft position sensor, engine oil sludge, bad variable valve timing control solenoid valves, and engine timing operations are off. You won’t know the exact cause of the problem until you have a professional mechanic inspect your vehicle personally.
A lot of amateur mechanics make the mistake of misdiagnosing the problem by thinking they need to replace the actuator. Sometimes it helps to clean debris off the actuator first because that may solve the problem immediately. If it does not, then inspect the electrical circuit to see if that’s the problem.
You can get away with driving your vehicle while trouble code P0010 remains present. Just expect to stop at the gas station more frequently because your engine will consume more fuel and produce less power. You may also have increased emissions, which means you won’t pass an emissions test.
Therefore, why tolerate all these problems when you can simply have a mechanic replace whichever component is causing them. It will be cheaper in the long run if you resolve the problem sooner rather than later.