OBD P0011, bad ticking from valve covers, coolant in the oil, and both transmissions are missing


#1

Ok not that last part, but I’m working on grandma’s 08 Taurus V6.The first symptom was the check engine light, flagging P0011 camshaft adv timing bank 1. When I popped the hood there was a bad rattling/ticking noise from the valve covers. Upon checking the oil, I found coolant in it and the coolant reservoir empty. I figured it would be the head gasket so I topped off the coolant and started the car. No bubbles from the reservoir and compression check was good. Please help I’m stumped. The car is light blue if that helps.


#2

Well, since the car is light blue it could be an intake manifold gasket.


#3

P0011 code is probably a VCT (variable camshaft timing) solenoid valve stuck or the VCT mechanism binding. Call your dealer to ask if there was a tech service bulletin (TSB) issued for the VCT solenoid valve. I think there was, but not sure.

Anyway, the bigger issue is your manifold gasket leak.


#4

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