I can't believe how spot-on knighk18 friend's problems are to mine; they are exactly alike! This must be a common problem, no way is it that coincidental.
I too have the "Check Engine" light on in my car that was diagnosed as a camshaft sensor problem. I have had that thing replaced 3 times now including the wiring harness -- today in fact -- and not even 5 minutes after getting the car back, the stupid light came on. Again! My cruise control kicked off and I could not use it unless I turned off the engine and restarted the car.
After turning off the engine and doing a self code diagnostic test, sure enough, it was the same code as before (P0344 Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Intermittent) indicating that it's a camshaft sensor problem. I have noticed, however, that if I drive around under 60mph for awhile, the light eventually goes out.
In addition, my engine doesn't backfire but it does knock. I was told that it was a bearing in the oil pan and to "just keep an eye on it and change the oil on a regular basis".
I was planning on taking my car to another repair shop for a second opinion, but after reading that knighk18's friend is having the same problems as me, I may just try to replace the car with something better.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 AT 1:16 AM