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Old 07-13-2009, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Howdy everyohe. So, I was driving to work on Friday morning, and the truck started fine. Left my house, and the truck sounded a little funny. Got half way to work (3 miles), and go to a stop sign, and the truck went BLAH!!! Rough idle (300 rpms). Made it to work and the truck stalled, without a check engine light. Restarted the truck at work, got the check engine light, and made it stall again. With my friends code reader, i got a P0017 code. I already knew what that was, so I called the dealer. Under warranty, so I had it flatbedded to the dealer. At the end of the day, I was told what the problem was, and the part was not in stock. So, Monday is here, and my truck is fixed. They replaced the Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid Valve, and changed the oil, since one of my 3 screens was missing. The screen was found, in tact, according to the service manager, and I was told I was lucky they found the screen. He then gave me a 3 page printout of the "preliminary inspection document" # PIP3694C (document 2235070). This can be a very bad situation. If the crankshaft end play is out of spec, they recommend a engine replacement!! OUCH!!!!

SO, HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND QUESTIONS:
1- my truck is a 2006 colorado crew cab, 3.5l with 19,000 miles on it. Since 1500 miles, it has used Mobil 1 Synthetic, and changed at least 2 times a year. I also use a oil filter magnet on my truck, and all vehicles since i have started driving since 1989. Is there any cause for concern with either of my choices here?
2- should i be concerned since the truck is so young in miles, that this could happen again?
3- dealer did a regular oil change, and i came home and re-did the oil change with mobil 1 again.
4- how many others have had this problem ( i know there are topics on this already), but has anyone had to have the motor replaced?

All help is greatly appreciated ! thanks.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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did you break in the new engine with synthetics?
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mobil 1 after 1500 miles. It was a typo and I corrected it.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Crankshaft end play or camshaft end play?
The camshaft position actuator solenoid has been redesigned to eliminate the screens from coming loose. The dealer should have installed the new design because if they tried to order the old part number, the GM parts system would give them the new number. Any solenoid can fail but because of the new design, it would fail without pieces of the screen going through the system.
The magnet may work if the screens are magnetic but even without a magnet the screens would get trapped in the filter media.

Your questions are certainly valid, but I think you can rest easy.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What does the PO017 code mean? i just got it on my 06 canyon and so far my mechanic has not been able to fix it. do you still have this?
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What does the PO017 code mean? i just got it on my 06 canyon and so far my mechanic has not been able to fix it. do you still have this?
http://service.gm.com/gmspo/mode6/pdf/2 ... file14.pdf

Most likely the camshaft position sensor ot the actuator solenoid.
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Old 07-29-2009, 01:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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funny to read about magnets.i use 2 magnets with tie ban around filter.i use them on my honda shadow bike and my lawnmowers.
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Old 07-29-2009, 06:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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it works for me!
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Old 12-04-2009, 02:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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My 2006 gmc canyon with 18,000 miles started running rough and engine light came on. I took it to auto zone and they pulled a p0017 code. I took it to the Gmc dealer. They called me today and told me my engine was inoperable and the engine essembly had to be replace because the internal bearings were bad. I am 7mnths out of the 3yr warranty but they contacted Gm and they are replacing it with a brand new engine, parts and labor free. Has anyone else had this problem?? It just seems to odd for only 18,000 miles!?
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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wow! i was almost at that point, but thankfully, my engine was ok. it is now about 3000 miles since my code, and all is ok, but i am now out of warranty.
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