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Old 12-15-2006, 12:15 PM   #1
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p0365 error camshaft position sensor B -bank intermittent circuit malfunction

my ODB-II reader came up with "camshaft position sensor B -bank 1 intermittent circuit malfunction"

i have seen alot of posts and from what i found the "B" sensor is exhaust sensor. my question is p0365 thru p0369 all have to do with the cam position sensor B, but with different malfunctions. so does that mean changing the sensor would fix my problem which is the first one listed? or is it a circuit malfunction in the computer or wiring. the SES light goes on and off every other few day sor so. car runs fine.

I would hate to spend the $100 bucks to change a good sensor.

any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-16-2006, 04:32 PM   #2
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It could be wires or a bunch of things. Check the wire to see if it's damaged around the engine. But most likely it's just the sensor. Especially if you still have the original. It's going to go eventually anyway.
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:27 PM   #3
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Did you replace it? I also have the p0369 along with p1620 and p0340. If you did, could you please tell me where you got the parts? Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:41 PM   #4
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I pulled up a P0369 and bought the exhuast cam sensor. The light turned off before I got to the dealership and bought it anyways (you cant take back electronics) put it in hoping that was the reason for my low idle.. Long story short, it didnt solve anything... To my understanding, just because you have a code doesnt mean it is always that part. Though if you keep getting the light, than you might as well replace it. Any problems with the power, idle hunting?
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:42 PM   #5
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Another thing, delete the code and when your light comes back on, if it is the same code, I would go ahead and change it. Its very easy

Also, dont forget to buy the $1.23 green o-ring for it also
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:50 PM   #6
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It continues to come on after i reset it so i guess it might do the trick. So i should just buy it at the dealer, seems like others are getting it at the dealer. How about aftermarket? Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2007, 09:53 PM   #7
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We do not use aftermarket cam sensor any more to many quality issues we only buy from the dealer now we lose some profit but have less comebacks.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:50 PM   #8
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Yeah, dont use anftermarket for this part (so ive heard); you will run into different problems down the road. Go to realoem.com look up the part and write down the number and write down that price on the website. Give it to the service guy and most of the time they will charge you that price rather than straight retail. aprx. $100-103 for the cam sensor and 1.23 for the o-ring. There is a DIY around; one bolt, front of motor, very easy
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:04 AM   #9
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Thanks guys for the help, hopefully the codes will all be resolved.
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Old 12-24-2011, 06:47 AM   #10
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have the same issue,,using the AUTEL MAXIDAS DS708 GENERIC CODE P0365,CHANGED THE SENSOR FOR AN AFTERMARKET ONE,,,THE LIGHT NEVER CAME UP FOR A WHILE,,BUT I DECIDED TO TAKE THE CAR HOME TO MAKE SURE THAT IT WAS GOOD BEFORE CALL THE CUSTOMER,,,DRIVING HOME FOR ABOUT 15 MINUTES THE CODE CAME BACK AND THE CAR START HESITATING AGAIN,,IS A DEALERSHIP AND THE CAR IS FROM A AUCTION,SEEMS LIKE SOMEONE DID THE HEAD ALREADY,,HINTS PLEASE
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:42 AM   #11
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Finaly founded the problem,,,ground wire from the Sensor connector broke

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Old 12-05-2013, 03:56 PM   #12
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Just wanted to share that had an 02 330i in house today with a P0365 code showing. After reading some of the other threads I decided to check the plug connection. When I removed it, it appeared to have a decent amount of oil in the connection. I removed the sensor just to make sure it was free from debris, cleaned it and reinstalled it. Then I cleaned the electrical connection on the plug at both ends and reconnected everything. Started the car, reset the CEL and drove the car. I immediately ran better and after 10 or so restarts the code is staying off.

Always a good idea to check connections on these cars before shotgunning parts. Last year I fixed an intake cam sensor just by cleaning off the debris from the end of the sensor.

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Old 12-10-2013, 07:22 PM   #13
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Nice broken ground. Wondering if this is the issue with my wife's wagon and I just bought 2 brand new CPS's intake and exhaust a month or two ago and she got two pending codes today, P0365 and P0340, both of which were automatically wiped out when I went for a drive after work. Also had a few issues stalling lately. I KNOW THERE IS A BASTARD WIRE SOMEWHERE CAUSING THIS ISSUE!
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