P1CA1 Code: Meaning, Causes, and Symptoms | OBD2 Codes

P1CA1 – Gear Shift Position Sensor 3 Circuit

 

P1CA1 Possible Symptoms

 

Engine Light ON (or Service Engine Soon Warning Light)

 

P1CA1 Possible Causes

 

Faulty Gear Shift Position Sensor 3,Gear Shift Position Sensor 3 harness is open or shorted,Gear Shift Position Sensor 3 circuit poor electrical connection,Faulty Transmission Control Module (TCM)

 

P1CA1 Description

 

This diagnostic compares the output signal of the sensor to threshold values of normal operations. When the signal is out of range the diagnostic will be considered failing. The sensor is mounted next to the 5th – RV gear engagement actuator to detect a linear movement of the piston. For this purpose a permanent magnet is mounted on the piston which is moved over a complete travel stroke. The magnet position generates a saturation area in the internal ferromagnetic core of the sensor which is transformed to an output position signal. The sensor provides an output signal with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) at a fixed frequency and duty cycle proportional to the piston position of the actuator.