Thanks for the replies. To answer the questions: I use 5w-30, and change between 5k and 10k. The car has never used oil in the past, however it was low when I changed it this time (I changed after reading that the P0011 code could be from low or dirty oil). I have 120k on the car.
Do I need any cam timing locking tools to change the timing chains? I'm very comfortable doing engine work, but I'd like to know ahead of time if I need any special tools.
I did pull each one out and put power to them. Two seemed weaker than the others, but they all operated. Here's a new problem though: After I put them back in and started the car up, it misfired like crazy. Pulled the codes, and it was misfires on cylinders 1,3, and 5. I never touched anything with the ignition. Started the car up the next day, and it was fine.
Also, I have oil in the air intake in front of the throttle body. It has mixed with water, probably condensation, but it does smell sweet. Not sure if this is normal, or related to any of my problems or not, but it was a little concerning.
I have had random electrical problems with this car before. One time it gave me the big red X after I filled up at a gas station, and the entire drive home, it locked the torque converter, which slammed gears and made driving tough. The next time I started it it was fine. So I'm not ruling out randomness with the left bank misfiring, but it was an odd coincidence for it to happen immediately after taking the solenoids out.
I love this car, but it has been one problem after another recently.
2009 MGM G8 V6
1996 WS6 Trans Am - Sold
1979 Trans Am - Sold