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P0322 Volkswagen/Audi Fault Code: Ignition/Distributor Engine Speed Input Circuit No Signal
Volkswagen’s or Audi’s Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) P0322 indicates many things could be wrong. However, this could be a very simple diagnosis and DIY OR it could be the complete opposite. Typically when this DTC pops up, the description will read “Ignition/Distributor Engine Speed Input Circuit No Signal” or “Engine Speed Sensor (G28) – no signal – intermittent” or something similar. So what exactly does this mean? It can mean a couple things. It could mean the crankshaft and the distributor is misaligned or the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) detects an unexpected input coming from the distributor or the crankshaft position sensor. More than likely it is the latter of the two.
When the PCM detects no signal or an unexpected signal from the crankshaft position sensor, it is unable to obtain proper information to control fuel delivery or ignition timing. This can cause major engine damage if it is not addressed immediately, which leads to the next question.
Can I still drive with a P0322 Volkswagen or Audi Fault Code?
Most of the time, the vehicle will stall or shut off and not turn over when you try to turn it back on. So, usually this won’t even be in question. However, there are times where the vehicle will still function. In these cases, we highly advise not driving the vehicle when it has a P0322 DTC because as stated above, it can lead to major engine damage if ignored.
P0322 VW/Audi Symptoms
- Check engine light (CEL) illuminating
- Engine stalls
- Engine misfires
- Loss of engine performance
- The engine has trouble turning over or not at all
- Engine stutters during acceleration
- Engine dying and not starting
Causes of P0322 VW/Audi Engine Code
- Crankshaft and distributor being misaligned
- Faulty crankshaft position sensor
- Damaged wiring/connections on the crankshaft position sensor
- Faulty camshaft position sensor (Sometimes P0341 engine code)
The points above in bold are the most likely causes of this DTC to be thrown.
How to Repair a Vehicle with a P0322 Engine Code
This DTC is not really engine specific when it comes to Volkswagen’s or Audi’s, but we’ll be going over how to diagnose and fix this for the 2.0t engine. If your vehicle is having this code and you don’t have a 2.0, reach out in the comments and we’ll try to help you in any way possible.
How to Check if the Crankshaft and Distributor is Misaligned
Most of the time when it comes to this fault code, this won’t be the issue, but when it is, your engine’s timing will be off and you will be able to tell because your engine will be running very poorly.
How to Check if There is a Faulty Crankshaft/Camshaft/Distributor Position Sensor
The crankshaft position sensor is the main reason why your vehicle will receive a P0322 DTC. So start with replacing that and see if it alleviates the problem, if not, move on to the other two: camshaft position sensor and distributor position sensor. These are pretty difficult DIYs regardless if you have the proper tools, so if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, we advise to take it to the shop.
How to Check if Wiring, Connections, or Harnesses Are Damaged
As it sounds, this can be a very tedious task but could be a reason why your vehicle is getting this DTC.
Crankshaft Sensor DIY Difficulty: Intermediate
P0322 VW/Audi Conclusion
To wrap this guide up, if your Volkswagen or Audi are getting the DTC P0322, it is more than like a faulty crankshaft position sensor. It is not recommended to drive on this code, because engine timing can cause serious damage to your engine. For any of the replacement parts listed above, please make sure they fit your vehicle before purchasing. Let us know if this alleviated this engine code down below!