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Old 01-28-2006, 12:08 AM   #1
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camshaft position sensor B

hi guys, i'm new at this forum biz, but i've been using forums to fix all the stuff i need fixing for my 01 325i. this is the best forum so far. just want to share my recent fix. "engine light went on at 44000 miles, car runs fine, as good as a 4 1/2 year old gets. got my actron obdII scanner and it read 'PO369 camshaft position sensor B - Bank 1 CKT Intermittent'. did all research in the forum and resulted that i needed to replace the exhaust camshaft position sensor. had a hard time locating where it was 'cause nobody was very specific and little drawing to work with. i had to cross reference with the dealers part no.s. i finally got the correct part no. for the exhaust side, its 1214 7518628 old no. is 1214 1438082 and its callled the camshaft pulse generator per dealer diagram.

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/ this website has the same diagram as the dealer has with the same listing of part nos. just have your vin no. ready.

i confirmed that with the another dealer. paid 120. plus 2.00 for the o-ring. installed it and cleared the engine light warning. hopefully that will do the trick. i have photos of old and new and where it goes. i was going to attached it to this posting but i don't know how, like i said, i'm new. thanks again for everyone's posting.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:46 PM   #2
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Old 07-07-2006, 03:34 PM   #3
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After installing the sensor, how do you clear the check engine light?
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Old 07-12-2006, 03:55 PM   #4
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the SES light will turn off on its own, gotta love bemers I was receiving a SES light, got it scanned at autozone and found it to be P0369 code, replaced the sensor that they show above and it is good as new. Seems to be idling a bit better to.
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Old 08-09-2006, 08:15 PM   #5
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exhaust camshaft sensor

I went to try to replace the exhaust sensor based on your diagram and there wasn't a whole lot of room to work with. What did you do to clear space?
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Old 08-11-2006, 08:00 PM   #6
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Talking Thx...mine worked

I wanted to thank you for the post. You saved me a hundred bucks or so. A couple of things I'd like to add:
The part is the same for the 3.0L as well.
You'll need a 5MM hex nut remover.
Don't follow the diagram on realoem.com. They make it seem like the exhaust sensor is on the same side as the intake sensor. It's not. Follow the pix above. Shown are the AC high and low fill valves and 3 bolts of the cylinder head cover. The first and second pix should be swapped.
Do this while the engine is cool. The bolt screws directly into the block and it gets friggin hot. REALLY HOT.
bavauto.com has the part about 10 bucks cheaper. Call and its a couple of bucks cheaper then on the web page.
Try to pull your own part. I really should have done that but I didn't.

For me, I worked my left hand under the high/low fill valves and held the nut driver in place. Move the connector back out of the way. Turn with your right hand. Once out, you'll need to tug as the o-ring is holding it in place.

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Old 12-15-2006, 12:40 PM   #7
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P0365 error

my reader says camshaft position sensor B -bank intermittent circuit malfunction

see on forum looks like exhaust sensor?
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Old 04-04-2008, 12:42 AM   #8
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Thanks Dudes!

With the photos and advice from Angels325 and whosstinky, this was an easy job.

My hands aren't large, and there's not a lot of room to work on this, despite it being practically on top of the engine. Other than that, it's an easy one!

Thanks,
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:29 PM   #9
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i just came from autozone after car was running sluggish and i received 4 codes:
PO 349
PO 369
PO 491
PO 492
plus brake pad sensor light (after just replacing pads)

i purchased the extended warranty and was wondering if i should just have a repair shop take care of it all or try to fix myself.
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:01 PM   #10
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2001 330xi 110K miles automatic
i just came from autozone after car was running sluggish and i received 4 codes:
PO 349
PO 369
PO 491
PO 492
plus brake pad sensor light (after just replacing pads)

i purchased the extended warranty and was wondering if i should just have a repair shop take care of it all or try to fix myself.
Doesn't your extender warranty end at 100k? If not definitely let them deal with it.

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Old 07-03-2008, 07:30 PM   #11
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Thumbs Up Thanx!!

GREAT POST !!!
Thank you very much guys!!!
I got the code P0 369.
the part number for a 325i/01/4dr/ is 12-14-7-518-628
I fixed it in 30 min.
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Old 07-03-2008, 07:30 PM   #12
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:10 PM   #13
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Not to dig up an old topic but I just replaced my cam sensor on the exhaust side. Everything seemed fine for a few hundred miles and boom the sensor tripped again two days ago. I got the sensor from Bavauto.com should I have replaced the other intake side too? Is it possible to have the other side tripping the exhaust side? Should I do these in sets?

I am not convinced I got a faulty sensor. But maybe, I suppose anything is possible. You guys have any ideas how to fix this issue? It's driving me nuts...

And does anyone have a DIY for the intake side or even a PIC of where it is?
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:35 PM   #14
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I have the same problem as Granz above. Got the P0369 fault code, replaced the exhaust cam position sensor and the SES light went off for a week or so. The light is back on again and will not go off. Had is scanned again and the P0369 code is back. I too bought the sensor from Bavauto. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks. (01 330xi)
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:04 AM   #15
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You should heed Seth's advice (#2) and purchase only OEM sensors, not the aftermarket ones that many vendors sell.
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:32 AM   #16
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You should heed Seth's advice (#2) and purchase only OEM sensors, not the aftermarket ones that many vendors sell.
I totally agree with this one. It's a known fact that camshaft sensors sold by BavAuto are not good. Not trying to diss this company as they sell great products but when it comes to camshaft sensors, you gotta go OEM
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:26 PM   #17
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Angels325, thank you! I was getting CEL codes P0340 and P1397 on my 2000 328i, and also experiencing the symptoms I've seen discussed (no power at low rpms, stalling, not starting). I followed your instructions (thanks for the pix) and am now running problem-free. Took me about 10 minutes to replace the sensor... and saved ~$200 in labor.

This is why I love forums. Thanks again!

edit: I bought the OEM part at a local BMW dealership, per the philosophy "If you're gonna fix it, fix it right." $126 for the part and $3 for the o-ring.

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Old 12-10-2008, 04:12 PM   #18
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You should heed Seth's advice (#2) and purchase only OEM sensors, not the aftermarket ones that many vendors sell.
+1 did the bavauto thing last month...bastard codes all over again...going to dealer now...sucks...
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Old 12-11-2008, 06:42 PM   #19
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Had to replace both camshaft sensors on my previous e46 @ 115,000 miles. Man, the car was really robbed of power before I fixed it. Check engine light came on and then it was like the car went into "safe mode" or something. It felt like I lost about 100 HP and the car was reeallly slow, I guess VANOS was disabled. After fixing the sensor all was well.
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Old 12-12-2008, 01:18 AM   #20
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HELP~~~~

I got the code P0365, so I went and bought the sensor from the dealer. It was quite tight, but I was able to disconnect the cable and remove the old sensor. Put the new sensor in place, and I simply cannot get the old bolt to go back in. Now I'm not the world's best mechanic...far from it. But I generally can replace a bolt. The thing simply won't thread back in. And I can't drive it with the sensor out, as oil will gush out. Any help or ideas would be appreciated~
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