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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Camshaft Sensor

I'm in need of a new camshaft sensor as my car keeps throwing up a P0021 code every couple of hundred miles (it clears with an OBD reader fine). I took the car to S4Y on Monday, who were going to swap the two sensors around - to see if I got the P0011 code to confirm it's the sensor. However, apparently the other (working) sensor is bolted to the cylinder head, so it was an unnecessary risk to take. Either way, it's looking like the first port of call is to get a new camshaft sensor. Ordering a new one from Subaru looks like it's going to cost 200+ which I'm trying to avoid purely because the sensor might not even be the issue.

I'm not entirely sure which camshaft sensor it is I need, is it the 22056AA062? I mentioned to Subaru4You that I saw the part on japanesecarimports.net (Subaru Camshaft Sensor 22056AA062 Cam Camshaft Sensor) for only 70 - and he told me that despite them labelling the parts as genuine, they're actually not - so I'm unsure whether to bother with that one or not.

If someone does know of the correct sensor, and where it can be bought for a decent price - I'd appreciate it.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-22-2012, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry if the above is a bit long winded. The extent of what I'm asking is just

Is 22056AA062 the correct cam sensor for an SG9 2.5 XT?

Is it worth forking out 200+ for a proper Subaru one - or would the one on Japanese Car Imports be perfectly fine?

Does anyone know where a good one can be bought for cheaper?

I'd appreciate any help on it.
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Sorry if the above is a bit long winded. The extent of what I'm asking is just

Is 22056AA062 the correct cam sensor for an SG9 2.5 XT?

Is it worth forking out 200+ for a proper Subaru one - or would the one on Japanese Car Imports be perfectly fine?

Does anyone know where a good one can be bought for cheaper?

I'd appreciate any help on it.
If you use opposed forces Subaru, it will give you the part number http://opposedforces.com/parts/forester/en_s11/type_24/ I'd look myself but can't work out where they've hidden it

Have you seen one in real life? If so could you tell me who made it, I might know how to get you a genuine one cheaper from the manufacturer, skipping Subaru distrubution out and their cut.....

Otherwise, look on the main forum under vendors, there's a dealer called Annapolis Subaru, Maryland, US, their contact is called Jackie and she sends me parts about a 1/3 of the price of the UK dealer as a general rule Then add Postage + Duty @ ~3.5% + VAT @ 20%
She's very helpful and can highly recommend her - she doesn't seem to answer Emails everyday though so guessing she's part time.

For sensors, using non genuine isn't a great idea (The cheaper versions have a much shorter life, one guy on here used a cheap chinese MAF and lasted 6 months off Ebay) By this I mean non genuine OEM manufacturer. This doesn't mean you have to buy them through Subaru though
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If you use opposed forces Subaru, it will give you the part number http://opposedforces.com/parts/forester/en_s11/type_24/ I'd look myself but can't work out where they've hidden it

Have you seen one in real life? If so could you tell me who made it, I might know how to get you a genuine one cheaper from the manufacturer, skipping Subaru distrubution out and their cut.....

Otherwise, look on the main forum under vendors, there's a dealer called Annapolis Subaru, Maryland, US, their contact is called Jackie and she sends me parts about a 1/3 of the price of the UK dealer as a general rule Then add Postage + Duty @ ~3.5% + VAT @ 20%
She's very helpful and can highly recommend her - she doesn't seem to answer Emails everyday though so guessing she's part time.

For sensors, using non genuine isn't a great idea (The cheaper versions have a much shorter life, one guy on here used a cheap chinese MAF and lasted 6 months off Ebay) By this I mean non genuine OEM manufacturer. This doesn't mean you have to buy them through Subaru though
Yeah, I tried finding it on opposedforces - couldn't find it either. Unfortunately I also have no idea who makes the sensors either.
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According to http://opposedforces.com/parts/info/22056AA062/ it is used on the Forester. On the Opposedforces link for the Forester (under Engine Electronic - Spark plug & high tension cord) the camshaft sensor looks like #9 in the image but it isn't labelled underneath, odd.
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None of the 2.5 Turbo engines are listed as an application, all 2.0 Turbo and 2.5 N/A

Might be worth a call to a dealer with your VIN and ask for the part number
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None of the 2.5 Turbo engines are listed as an application, all 2.0 Turbo and 2.5 N/A

Might be worth a call to a dealer with your VIN and ask for the part number
Yeah thanks, I will do.
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http://opposedforces.com/parts/fores...llustration_1/





http://www.importcarparts.co.uk/part...var=0&dc=&gen=

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Thanks a lot! Am I missing something, or is the part number not on opposedforces?

Cheers.
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This is a variable valve timing error. Try changing the oil and see if the error never comes back. Oil pressure advances the camshaft. However, if the oil isn't changed regularly the valve gets stuck in the advanced position and the car idles like it needs to take a pee. Don't kill the messenger because you don't like the message.
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Thanks a lot! Am I missing something, or is the part number not on opposedforces?

Cheers.
Some are some are not......................

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This is a variable valve timing error. Try changing the oil and see if the error never comes back. Oil pressure advances the camshaft. However, if the oil isn't changed regularly the valve gets stuck in the advanced position and the car idles like it needs to take a pee. Don't kill the messenger because you don't like the message.
If it was the oil, would the warning light wait 200 miles before coming back on?
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