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Old 12-12-2008, 12:24 AM   #1
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Camshaft Position Sensor B--I'm Frustrated

Got code P0365. Purchased new exhaust sensor from dealer. Removed old sensor without much difficulty (although it is pretty tight in there, particularly with xenon headlights).

Put new O-ring on new sensor. Put a dab of loctite on the bolt. CAN'T get bolt to go back in. I wiggled it. Twisted it. Turned it. Cursed at it. It simply won't go back in. Any ideas????

I'm at my wits end and I can't drive my car until I get this thing back in as oil will gush all over the place.

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Old 12-12-2008, 12:32 AM   #2
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i just did this 1 hour ago. Make sure the sensor is actually aligned properly
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:16 AM   #3
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I think it is. I held an inspection mirror underneath and looked at it and it sure looked lined up with the hole in the mount. It sure would be nice if BMW had engineered the part so that it automatically lined up. Any other suggestions?
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Old 12-12-2008, 04:32 AM   #4
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By the way, I was surprised to find that unlike the old part, which had a roundel and identifying number printed on it, the new part does not seem to. Isn't that unusual for BMW OEM parts?
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:26 AM   #5
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I stand corrected about the numbers. There are numbers on the round portion of the part, but no roundel. I found that surprising.

FINALLY, got the bolt to go in, but only after pulling out the part and introducing another bolt into the receiving mount. There must have been a slight flaw in the threads or perhaps buildup of loctite.

Anyway, the SES light is still on. Does it go off right away, or will it take several cycles of the engine?
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