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Old 12-10-2011, 02:49 PM   #381
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OK.. So i go to remove the current crank position sensor on the car and, using a male T-30 torx bit, manage to strip the bolt!

I think I am going to need like a 3/8" drive screw extractor... As an aside, is there a way to test a crank position sensor other than trying to run it on the motor? Like are there some electrical tests I can do before I put this spare used one in to confirm it hasn't degraded since I pulled the old motor?
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:55 PM   #382
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So yeah... None of my screw extractors are angled sharp enough to grab the inside of the screw. Any ideas?
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:02 PM   #383
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After doing some reading, some folks recommend using a similarly sized allen key. Does anyone know the closest size? The next idea was to hammer in the next largest sized Torx bit, but there's no room to even begin to swing a hammer.
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:05 PM   #384
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After further inspection, it appears that I was able to loosen the screw a bit before it stripped. I think I should be able to get a pair of vice grips on it and take it out. Luckily, I have a spare screw from the other motor too.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:07 PM   #385
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:44 AM   #386
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My EX had a VW Beetle and it developed a faulty Crank position sensor. The engine would not only would not crank anymore, it would just stop while running. And it did not throw a check engine code either. I am not sure if BMW will throw a code or not. I am sure someone on this forum has the answer. Sounds like a critical sensor is at fault as everything else checked out.

Maybe the cam position sensor? These are easy to get to, right next to the vanos high pressure oil line.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:25 AM   #387
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I finally got the sensor swapped. I tried to crank the car, but i think the battery was low on juice. So its sitting on the trickle charger again until i get another chance to try.

Things left to check:

Both cam position sensors
Check that each sensor is generating signal and that signal is getting to the ECU
check that each injector is firing

What other checks can you guys think of?
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Old 12-20-2011, 05:26 PM   #388
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Holy sh!t...is this thread gonna FINALLY end?
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:13 PM   #389
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Holy sh!t...is this thread gonna FINALLY end?
Good lord, i hope so. I mean what els could there be?
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Good lord, i hope so. I mean what els could there be?
I think you need to start a new thread big guy.. Get more peoples attention on what the specific issue is.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:07 PM   #391
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Agreed. New thread started here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...3#post13910543
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Oil change a good idea
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