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Old 09-02-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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Would Cam position sensor keep your car from starting?

After reading the codes, i got 2 Misfires and cam position sensor, would that keep my car from starting, My car is still sitting in my drive way and hasnt started for a week noww?
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:04 PM   #2
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Yes, of course it would.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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Yup. Which sensor is it? The DIY is easy by the way and you can get the OEM (ONLY OEM) sensor from ecstuning.com
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Its coming up as Cam position sensor
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But it should say like sensor a or b or something like that.
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i will check it tommorow first thing, Im not really farmilliar with the sensors but is there a difference with Camshaft and crankshaft sensor??? where is the crankshaft located

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Well I'm saying there is an intake sensor and an exhaust sensor. Get back to us when you can.
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i will check it tommorow first thing, Im not really farmilliar with the sensors but is there a difference with Camshaft and crankshaft sensor??? where is the crankshaft located

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The crankshaft is toward the bottom of the block. Cams are right underneath the valve cover up top. All the sensors are toward the front of the engine
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My understanding is that a bad crank sensor would cause the car not to crank. A bad cam sensor, the car would crank, but not start.

But, just to complicate things, I'm pretty sure guys have gotten cam sensor codes, replaced them, and still have issues starting. I don't know what else might trigger a cps code that's not the cps...something upstream of it. Timing is pretty well fixed. Only other thing that messes with timing is the vanos...maybe it's retarded--literally and figuratively!

I don't know that the vanos can get stuck in a position where it's retarding or advancing incorrectly and thus the cps might pick up on that. Just a guess. I'm not a mechanic and don't play one on the Internet!

Search cps, camshaft position sensor, in advanced/title search along with 'no start' and see what you get. You're not the first no start with cps codes I'm positive. Don't go ordering parts just yet. Do the research.
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i will check it tommorow first thing, Im not really farmilliar with the sensors but is there a difference with Camshaft and crankshaft sensor??? where is the crankshaft located

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OP stay very clear from your engine please. That's all Im gonna say, I warned you.

It doesnt matter which sensor goes bad, the car will still turn over no matter what. The sensor going bad wont keep the battery from applying voltage to the starter. Thus turning over the engine. The crankshaft position sensor and camshaft position sensor(s) work in unisyn with eachother to determine the correct time to apply voltage to any specific cylinders at that time. Vehicles WITHOUT distributors typically have these types of sensors otherwise the car has no idea when to apply spark and to what cylinders.

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Bad Crankshaft sensor = car will start, but will require a few more rounds on the starter motor before the cam position sensors take over RPM reading and firing positions. Will also (possibly, not all cars do this) struggle to get past 4000rpm. lots of misfire, hesitation of throttle.

Bad camshaft position sensor: car will start, (might also require few more rounds on the starter motor), and have reduced power.
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OP stay very clear from your engine please. That's all Im gonna say, I warned you.

It doesnt matter which sensor goes bad, the car will still turn over no matter what. The sensor going bad wont keep the battery from applying voltage to the starter. Thus turning over the engine. The crankshaft position sensor and camshaft position sensor(s) work in unisyn with eachother to determine the correct time to apply voltage to any specific cylinders at that time. Vehicles WITHOUT distributors typically have these types of sensors otherwise the car has no idea when to apply spark and to what cylinders.
Goes to prove you can't trust what you hear on the Internet! If you're right, Loaded, then I apologize for passing along rumors...as it seems I may have done regarding a bad crank position sensor causing a no-crank.

We have a number of seasoned professional mechanics here, and it's easy to tell the really good ones--they're patient, explain clearly, and don't condescend. You can recommend getting the car to a shop without also insulting someone. I do it all the time!
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