Check engine light may turn on and diagnostic trouble code (DTC) P0013 may get stored in the ECU of a Toyota. P0013 means “Exhaust “B” Camshaft Position Actuator Circuit/Open (Bank 1).
This fault code relates to the variable valve timing (VVT)—also known as variable camshaft timing. A faulty Camshaft Position Actuator B can trigger code P0013.
What you will need
- Unlock the vehicle and open the driver's door.
- Get the OBD II Scanner and connect it to the OBD II port under the dashboard.
- Insert the key into the ignition switch and turn it to the accessories menu.
- Set the OBD-II Scanner to the diagnostics menu and read codes.
- Choose the stored codes to show the code to be fixed.
- Pull the hood release under the dashboard and unlock the hood.
- Pull the hood up and secure it open.
- Remove the engine cover by pulling it up.
- Locate the camshaft position actuator B on the left side of the first ignition coil (passenger side of the engine)
- Disconnect the electrical connector of the camshaft position actuator by squeezing the connector and pulling it out.
- Remove the 10mm bolt holding camshaft position actuator using a 10mm wrench.
- Pull out the camshaft position actuator. Use a flat screwdriver to push the camshaft actuator out easily.
- Line up the new camshaft position actuator and push it in to set it into place.
- Reinstall the 10mm bolt on the camshaft actuator.
- Reconnect the electrical connector of the camshaft actuator by pushing it back to place.
- Line up the engine cover back to the vehicle and push it to lock into place.
- Go back to the diagnostics menu and erase the code. Check the stored codes if there are still codes to be fixed.
- Start the vehicle a few times and check if the check engine light is still on.
There may be other issues that can trigger fault code P0013.