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Old 16 Aug 2016, 01:36 pm
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My son was driving it ( for the first time )
He got a code po340. Camshaft position sensor malfunction.
He's on the side of the road. What can this be???
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 01:38 pm
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My son was driving it ( for the first time )
He got a code po340. Camshaft position sensor malfunction.
He's on the side of the road. What can this be???

You can still drive the car with a bad Camshaft Sensor, it will just be in 'Limp Mode'. It's possible the timing belt broke & it threw the P0340 because the cam is no longer spinning.
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 01:42 pm
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That don't sound good
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 01:43 pm
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How can I tell if the belt broke?
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 02:18 pm
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My son was driving it ( for the first time )
He got a code po340. Camshaft position sensor malfunction.
He's on the side of the road. What can this be???
When my camshaft sensor went bad and I was at the park I just took the negative battery cable off and put it back on. I started the PT Cruiser and went to get a new camshaft sensor.
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 02:19 pm
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How can I tell if the belt broke?
Just take off the camshaft sensor and crank the engine to see if the camshaft is turning.
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 02:41 pm
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My son was driving it ( for the first time )
He got a code po340. Camshaft position sensor malfunction.
He's on the side of the road. What can this be???
I believe that on some of the early PT Cruisers, the engine will not run when the cam sensor fails. On others, the engine just runs crappy but allows you to drive the car home.

The big fear is always that the real issue is the timing belt. It could have slipped or broke. But hopefully not.

If me personally, I'd follow the advice given above. I would inspect the wires going to the cam sensor and make sure they are not broken and/or worn. Next, I'd remove the negative battery cable for a few minutes and then put it back on and try to start the car. If the car does not start, I 'd remove the cam sensor and check to see if the camshaft is turning when the engine is cranked as Ptcruisersteve recommended. If the camshaft does not turn, the timing belt is broken.

If the cam does turn, I'd replace the sensor next because it's cheap and easy to replace. If the engine still doesn't start, I'd then remove the front top cover on the timing belt. I'd remove #1 spark plug and get the piston to top dead center. Then I'd check the timing marks on the cam sprockets. If the marks are off, I'd have my answer.
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 02:59 pm
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How many miles on the timing belt?
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 03:11 pm
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Old 16 Aug 2016, 03:53 pm
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It's a 2002
120,000 miles
Thank you for your advice.
I feel bad for my kid. Literally
Has it on the road for 3 hours maybe
I'm gonna pull the sensor. And I'll
Let yous know. Keep your fingers crossed
For him
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