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Greetings,

2013 Malibu LT 2.5L

Pulled code "P0011" which is for the (intake) camshaft position timing sensor. I have the replacement part, yet I cannot find the location of where to replace. I have checked the common areas to no avail. I have researched online and cannot even find a diagram for this engine.

Can anyone offer some insight & help with this?

Much appreciated!
 

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Take the black cover off of the top of your engine. It is at the top of the engine, near the front, and the one on the back side of the engine. The exhaust is on the front off the engine and intake on the back.
 

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Just an FYI GM issued an extended warranty on the camshaft position actuator solinoid valve on the 2.5l engine. They just did this a few months ago. I changed mine before I got the letter so I just ate the cost. Also since I did all the troubleshooting and repairs myself there is little hope of reimbursement from GM.
 

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It's #19 on the diagram. Don't worry about mixing up the parts. They have different electrical connections so it's impossible to put the intake in the exhaust or vice versa. Also, I'd recommend replacing both intake and exhaust at the same time. Also do an oil change and make sure you're using the correct type of oil. My '13 Malibu LS was still idling high after switching out the parts. Did an oil change with the correct oil and it smoothed out. I'd been getting oil changes from the dealer (freebies from buying the car as a GM certified pre-owned) and I suspect they put they wrong oil in it.
 

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Just an FYI GM issued an extended warranty on the camshaft position actuator solenoid valve on the 2.5l engine. They just did this a few months ago. I changed mine before I got the letter so I just ate the cost. Also since I did all the troubleshooting and repairs myself there is little hope of reimbursement from GM.
If you have a receipt for the part you should submit a claim for reimbursement against the recall. You have nothing to lose putting a token value on your time as well to see if they will cover a little more.

I did this in the spring on a recall that came up on our 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix. There is a relay on the car that, when it fails, takes out both headlamps. When it fails you have little choice to replace it and, since this car was well out of warranty, I just addressed it. Fast forward six weeks and I get a recall letter saying take it in for replacement. Sent in the receipt from O'Reilly's for the part I had bought and they paid me back for it.

This is all assuming you can capture a copy of the receipt for the part you purchased.
 
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