Use manufacturer instructions to install GM’s new line of camshaft position actuator solenoids
It’s always good news when GM releases a new line of parts since repairers everywhere have access to more quality manufacturer parts with factory warranties. This is certainly the case with the introduction of new variable valve timing (VVT) intake and exhaust
Made for 2006-2017 vehicles equipped with the 2.0L, 2.2L and 2.4L Ecotec engines, the new VVT solenoids have been redesigned by GM engineers to better withstand thermal expansion, resulting in a unit GM says lasts twice as long as the closest competitor.
While those factors translate into a better purchase for shop and customer, buying manufacturer parts is just one part of repair instructions and following them to the letter.
Use the following two sets of solenoid replacement instructions as examples of the value of detail-oriented manufacturer repairs. Both instructions describe the steps for replacing the Camshaft Position Actuator Solenoid on two very similar, but slightly different power plants, the 2.2L or 2.4L engine in a Chevrolet HHR and then on a 2.2L or 2.4L engine in a Saturn Aura.
For the Chevrolet HHR, note that the air cleaner assembly is first removed followed by disconnecting the intake or exhaust camshaft position actuator solenoid valve electrical connector. From there, the old camshaft position actuator solenoid is removed and then replaced with a new GM product.