The purpose of this test is to evaluate the operation of a variable camshaft timing control solenoid based on the switching voltage and duty control during engine run conditions.
The solenoid has two terminals, both may have supply voltage at ignition on.
The switching frequency is dependent on engine system variations at the time of testing, temperature, RPM etc. The switching frequency and duration will also vary with different vehicle manufacturers.
The Variable Camshaft Timing (VCT) solenoid is an actuator. It is commonly supplied with an ignition live (15 V) and a duty cycled ground provided by the engine management control unit. It has a duty cycle control from the engine management control unit.
The use of VCT has become widespread throughout the automotive industry as the technology becomes cheaper and more manufacturers take advantage.
Variable camshaft timing is used to increase engine torque in the low engine speed range and to increase power in the high engine speed range. The use of VCT means that we may control the closing and opening times of inlet and exhaust valves. As a result VCT may also be used in place of an EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve.
Should you suspect a fault with the signal, test the wiring from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) to the VCT actuator.
Ensure that the PCM has good power supplies and grounds where required or specified.
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