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: Fault code - P0021 camshaft position

06-28-2012, 07:41 PM
My car was running sluggish and sounded like it was "missing" at idle. I plugged in the OBD2 and got the following.

P0021 - "A" camshaft position - timing over-advanced or system performance (bank 2)

The web link further explains it as

The "A" camshaft shall be either intake left or front camshaft. Bank 1 contains cylinder number 1' bank 2 is the opposite bank

Anyone have any ideas what could be wrong and/or a fix?

06-29-2012, 08:44 AM
If you don't have a VAG.com (Ross-Tech: VCDS (http://www.ross-tech.com/vag-com/index.html)) system (a generic OBD-II scanner will not allow you to invoke the necessary diagnostic programs enbedded in the ECU) and the Bentley Audi service manual (Audi B6 S4 V8 > Maintenance > Manuals > ES#6277 Bentley Service Manual On CD - AB66 (http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B6_S4--V8/Maintenance/Manuals/ES6277/)) for your vehichle (the "gold standard" for Audi service manuals), you could do some serious damage to the engine by poking-around... :confused:

The S4's camshaft-adjuster can be diagnostically exercised; the procedure is outlined in the Bentley service manual. You'll need a "real" VAG.com diagnostic system to prompt the ECU to test and report on the camshaft adjuster's operation. :mellow:

Good luck! :cool: