How To Troubleshoot P0341 Code?

Have you ever experiences or faces issues in your vehicle regarding the p0341 code? The emergence of all such codes determines some of the other issues related to the vehicle particularly the engine.

Here, we will discuss certain essential points about the p0341 code, its troubleshoots procedure, its symptoms, causes, and certain frequently asked questions. So, let’s begin with the topic.

What Does P0341 Code Mean?

The p0341 code determines the camshaft position sensor in the vehicle which is an electronic device used to record the rate at which the camshaft usually functions or spins. All this information is used by the electronic control module (ECM) to control and manage the control ignition and fuel injection. The particular function of the sensor is to sense the retraction of the camshaft to identify a cylinder. The camshaft position sensor consists of a rotating part, a disc, a static part, and the actual sensor attached to it. The sensor works when the engine faces or experience a gap change between the high and low part of the teeth. The changing gap causes the magnetic field near the sensor to change which ultimately results in voltage change from the sensor.

How To Troubleshoot P0341 Code?

Generally, the p0341 code refers to the circuit problems that do not automatically condemn the camshaft position sensor (CMP). So, here are the certain ways or steps which help you out to deal with the issues related to the code.

Step 1:

The very first thing you need to do while tackling the situation is to analyze or have a visual inspection of the problem and system related to it. At the camshaft position sensor, make sure it is plugged in properly and firmly seated. Also, you must take care of the wiring harness and follow it to look for the damage if occurred.

By following you could estimate or analyze certain damages such as from recent engine repairs, after-market installations, impact damage, or rodent damage.

Step 2:

The next step deals with the sensor inspection which requires few checks to estimate the exact issue with the system. First, you need to have the resistance check which takes place after disconnecting the sensor and measuring the resistance. An open circuit should measure infinity ohm, or short circuit zero ohms, at this particular point you will know that the sensor itself is a fault.

Next, you need to have a signal check and this can be performed by using the digital oscilloscope. However, you can get a rough estimation of the camshaft position sensor (CMP) function by putting your DVOM in AC V mode.

Step 3:

After going through or analyzing the above two inspections, you need to move towards the electrical inspection of the situation. For this, disconnect the ECM and CMP connectors, and put a short pin across the terminals of the camshaft position sensor connector. Here, also you need to follow certain steps as described further.

Point 1:

From the ECM side, check for resistance itself and the short pin in place should read less than 0.1 ohms. If the values are higher than this then the ECU will unable to detect the signal. Thus, look for the broken, worn, or corrosion somewhere in the circuit.

Point 2:

Next, remove the short pin and check for the open circuit, infinity ohm. If you found some amount of resistance then surely there is a short circuit. And the cause for it would be water in the intermediary connector.

Point 3:

Check for short to ground by taking one of the leads and connecting it to the body ground or the negative battery terminal. Any unintentional connection to the ground could distort or weaken the signal generated.

Step 4:

There are chances that no problems can be found in the CMP sensor or its wiring, it may be that the p0341 code particularly faces some auxiliary fault codes. A jumped timing belt, faulty crankshaft position sensor generating poor signals, or a circuit, or engine misfire, may be the primary cause for the initiation of the problem. Doble checks all the issues before moving to a conclusion.

What Causes The Eruption Of the P0341 Code?

The p0341 code is typically caused by certain combinations in the system. These include; a poorly performing battery present in the circuit, or an issue in the wiring harness or electrical circuit between the sensor and the PCM. All this could increase the impedance of the circuit as a whole, throwing the signal off.

Other causes may include the defective starter motor, the wiring from the sensor passing too close to the spark plug wiring, or a defective camshaft position sensor.

What Are The Possible Symptoms Of The P0341 Code?

The p0341 code often emerges or triggers the check engine light on. Depending on the vehicle’s make and model, the check engine light may be referred to as the CEL, the malfunctioning lamp (MIL), or the service engine soon (SES) light.

Freeze frame data will help you and the technician to diagnose the root cause of the p0341 code when the issue is not easy to find. Possible signs or symptoms are as follows:

1. Malfunctioning indicator lamp (MIL) or check engine light illumination.

2. Engine stalls when letting off the gas pedal.

3. Poor or adverse fuel economy.

4. The engine may idle too low or extremely high.

5. Inconsistent power through the rotation per minute range.

Can I Drive My Vehicle With A P0341 Code?

The trouble code p0341 must be diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible to avoid any further or serious damage to the vehicle. However, we recommend you not drive the vehicle until the p0341 code persists. Otherwise, the engine faces certain issues, like the engine stall or stumbling and it would hinder proper vehicle operation.


We hope the information mentioned above help and guides you in dealing with all the issues related to the p0341 code. The emergence of the code generally indicates severe problems regarding the engine.

If your doubts or queries persist, please comment below in the comment section. And we will surely answer all your questions as quickly as possible.