You have a problem with your car, ignoring it won’t make it go away. This is especially true when you have a p0008 chevy traverse error code. In this article, I am going to explain what the code means, its possible causes, and things you can do to get it fixed. read on!
What Does P0008 Mean on a Chevy Traverse?
P0008 is a general code and could mean a number of things. The most common causes are related to the electric control module, or ECM.
An ECM failure can cause all kinds of issues with your car, including problems with starting and charging systems.
The P0008 code is also related to mechanical engine parts. In this case, you will likely see other codes in addition to P0008 that indicate what part has failed and needs replacement.
Unfortunately, there have been a lot of chevy traverse owners complaining about the check engine light coming on, and when they diagnose the vehicle P0008 code comes up.
Now, let’s move the main causes for this error code.
Chevy Traverse P0008 Causes
1. Stretch/Worn timing Chains:
This is the most common cause of P0008 codes in Chevy Traverse. The timing chain stretches over time and this causes it to lose its tension and therefore, it will not engage properly with the crankshaft sprocket. This will result in a loss of power and rough acceleration. When this happens, you will notice that your car idles rough and also makes a humming sound when you accelerate from a stop. If you’re experiencing these signs, then you need to replace your timing chains as soon as possible because they are very expensive to replace.
2. Camshaft Misalignment:
Another common cause for P0008 code could be camshaft misalignment. If one or both of the camshafts are not aligned properly with their respective cylinder heads, then this can cause the engine to misfire at certain speeds or load conditions which would result in an engine light being triggered by the ECM (Electronic Control Module).
In order to fix this issue, you’ll need to check all cams for any wear or damage before replacing them if necessary and if they are properly aligned.
3. Malfunctioning ECM (Electronic Control Module):
Another possible cause of a P0008 code in a Chevy Traverse. An ECM malfunction can be caused by a short, open or loose connection between the ECM and its related sensors, or a bad sensor itself. The first thing to check is if it’s possible to reset the code and clear it out of memory.
If you can’t reset it, you’ll need to replace your ECM. If you can, there’s a chance that one of your sensors is faulty, so check them out and replace any that are damaged or defective.
4. Bad Sensors:
If you’re able to reset your P0008 code but don’t want to replace your ECM just yet, try replacing any faulty sensors first. This may allow you to get back on the road without spending too much money on repairs right away. The most common culprits are oxygen sensors (O 2 S) and camshaft position sensors (CMP).
These sensors monitor air/fuel ratios, so if they’re not working properly then they can cause problems with emissions as well as performance issues in general driving conditions like heavy acceleration or high RPMs
What to do If You Get P0008 on your Traverse?
The first thing that you should do when you get a P0008 code is trying resetting the code and see if it comes back or not.
If you are able to reset the code and it does not come back again then you may have just been unlucky enough to start having problems at this time, but if it does come back again then it may be time for some repairs.
If it does come back again then you will need to take your vehicle to your local mechanic or nearest Chevrolet dealership so that they can diagnose and fix the vehicle, unfortunately, timing chains are crucial for the proper functioning of your vehicle and if they break then you will have to replace them.
If the mechanic finds that you need new timing chains, then it is likely going to be quite expensive so make sure that you know exactly what is wrong with your car before taking it in for repairs.
How Much Does it Cost to Fix P0008 on a Traverse?
Depending on the cause, it may be as simple as replacing sensors or more expensive if the timing chains must be repaired. If the issue is with a sensor, then it is likely to be very cheap, however, if the problem is with your timing chain then you will have to pay more.
The average cost of repairing P0008 on a Chevrolet Traverse depends on where you live and where you go for repairs. but expect to spend anywhere between $1000 – 3500.
Thomas is a retired Chevy Auto Technician, Father to two incredible daughters. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help you solve and find reliable information on Chevrolet vehicles.