Chrysler Grand Voyager – P0344 Error code – Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Intermittent

This is just a quick post. We own a Chrysler Grand Voyager although this may apply to other vehicles too

Last year our engine warning light came on. We had the dreaded P0344 error code. This suggests, “Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Intermittent”. Now, I am no mechanic and this sounded quite serious so we took it back to the place we bought it from. The car was out of warranty so the fix ended up costing us £1259.

In hindsight, this “fix” was never necessary. I will explain why…

We only ever make short trips which means our battery loses power on every trip. This error code can pop up when your battery voltage output is below 12V.

If you get this error, make sure before you take it for diagnostics that you charge the battery fully. This, in our experience, will clear the code and take the car out of “Limp mode”.

“Limp mode” will restrict your engine so you cannot go above 3000RPM. This mean that if you put your foot down, the engine will not respond.

Also, if your engine warning light is on you can save some cash on diagnostics to get those all important error codes by:

* Turn the ignition key ON THREE TIMES in succession:
ON : OFF : ON : OFF : ON
(within FIVE seconds)

The error codes will appear on your dashboard.

I am posting this entry because we had the same error pop up today. My wife was loading the car and left the boot door open which lit the lights and this ran the battery down. (It was open for hours!)

So the moral of the story is that if you get the P0344 error, make sure you FULLY charge your battery before you take it in for repair. The chances are you don’t need a repair and your battery is a bit low.

I hope this works for you. If I had known this before then I would have saved £1259. I bet the robbing bastards at the service centre knew this too. Don’t be fooled!

If you still get this error after a full battery charge then you probably do have a problem!

If anyone wants any more details then I will respond to comments.

Regards,

Grumpy Git

UPDATE: The P0344 error came back again. I did find another solution. I removed the ECU fuse for 10 minutes and replaced it. We have not had the error codes appear for a few weeks now. It also cleared all the old errors stored on the system.

 

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 9:40 am by Grumpy Git · Permalink
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  1. Written by Sssschumakker
    on 26/12/2012 at 9:33 pm
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    We’ve got the same problem. The week before we had a flat battery, due to husband leaving lights on whilst we shopped. Got the AA out and they got us going, but it isn’t used every day so on Thursday we tried to use it but the engine light came on and it sounded a little sick. Therefore we were reluctant to use it. I shall try this before lashing out big bucks at a Chrysler garage.

  2. Written by Sssschumakker
    on 11/01/2013 at 11:06 pm
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    OK here’s an update apparently we spoke to a car mechanic who siad he’d just fixed one with the same problem and he’d put in a new set of spark plugs and a new coil pack. We carried out the same and voila car runs like a bird, however we still have the engine error light and removing the ECU fuse did NOT rectifiy this.

  3. Written by Leslie
    on 24/07/2016 at 10:28 am
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    Great advice – only can you tell me where
    I would find the ECU fuse as it is not marked
    up anywhere???

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