What does P2088 code mean on a Kia or Hyundai?
P2088 fault code means the “A" camshaft position actuator control circuit low bank 1 is faulty. This means your Kia or Hyundai utilizes a variable timing system so that the timing of the camshaft can be adjusted in relation to the crankshaft. This improves fuel economy and increases perforamnce.
- Rough engine idle
- Poor engine performance
- Increased fuel consumption
- Service soon light is on
- Check engine light stays on
- Engine misfire
- Misfire fault codes presents
A faulty camshaft position sensor may cause the engine to P0300 P0301 P0302 P0303 P0304
In our case, the problem was a faulty camshaft position actuator. Keep in mind that P2088 may come on for a number of reasons. Common problems that can trigger the P2088 fault code include:
- Worn timing belt
- Stretched timing chain
- Defective camshaft variable timing solenoid
- Faulty variable valve timing actuator
- Engine oil level is too low
- Oil light stays on
- Blown fuse or fuse-able link in some cases
- Misalignment of timing components
- Corroded or damaged connector
- Faulty or damaged wiring
- Bad engine control module (ECM)
What you will need
- Connect the OBD-II scanner into the OBD-II port under the vehicle's dashboard.
- Insert the key into the ignition switch and turn it to the accessories ON position. Dashboard lights will be on. Do not start the engine.
- Go to the diagnostic menu on the scanner and select read codes.
- Check the stored codes, the scanner will show P2088 - “A" camshaft position actuator (solenoid) control circuit low bank.
- Turn off the ignition switch.
- Open the hood. Pull the hood release under the dashboard and go to the vehicle's front.
- Press the tab to the left to unlock the hood latch.
- Pull the hood up and set the hood strut to keep the hood open.
- Locate the camshaft position actuator control on the left side of the vehicle's engine.
- Follow the cable of the camshaft position actuator and disconnect its electrical connector. Press on the clip and pull the connector out to disconnect.
- Remove the electrical connector of the camshaft position actuator from the bracket attached to it. Use a pick tool to pull the cable out in necessary.
- Detach the cable from the metal clip by pulling it out using a pick tool.
- Remove the two 4mm hex bolts by turning them counterclockwise using a hex bit socket.
- Remove the camshaft position actuator by pulling it out or prying it out using a flathead screwdriver.
- Line up the new camshaft position actuator and press it in to set it into place.
- Reinstall the two 4mm hex bolts of the camshaft position actuator.
- Place the actuator's cable back to the clip and metal plate.
- Reconnect the electrical connector of the camshaft position actuator.
- Restart the engine a few times.
- Leave the ignition on but turn the engine off. Go back to the diagnostic menu on the scanner and select erase codes.
- Press the enter button on the scanner to erase the stored codes.
- Start the vehicle a few times and check to ensure the check engine light doesn't come back on.