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Old 09-27-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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Non oem cam intake sensor issue

Ok I had an issue with my car and as I wasn't one hundred percent sure the sensor would fix I got
A mid price one from euro car parts (40) rather than from BMW which was nearer 100. The new one seems to have fixed the problem however it comes up with a permanents can sensor fault when I plug in the peake reader.. But as said it runs fine any ideas? Also the after market can sensor didn't have the fat cylinder at the bottom and thin on top it was fat all the way
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:09 AM   #2
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:17 AM   #3
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Ok I had an issue with my car and as I wasn't one hundred percent sure the sensor would fix I got
A mid price one from euro car parts (40) rather than from BMW which was nearer 100. The new one seems to have fixed the problem however it comes up with a permanents can sensor fault when I plug in the peake reader.. But as said it runs fine any ideas? Also the after market can sensor didn't have the fat cylinder at the bottom and thin on top it was fat all the way
Before you bought then discounted cam sensor, you should have searched E46Fanatics for "OE cam sensor" or just "camshaft position sensor" or even "CPS" as you would have found your answer within minutes, which is of course to never use an aftermarket part for these particular sensors.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:28 AM   #4
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There are a lot of posts about aftermarket sensors not working.
Then again, the OE sensors are pretty crappy too, else why are we replacing them?
Bottom line: The error code on your Peake tester says it isn't working.
Replace it with an original equipment sensor (pulse generator).
I bought mine online at Tischer for $85 about 5 years ago. Pelican Parts might be a good source too.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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use OE CPS, please

I replaced the intake CPS on my 2002 e39 530i with this non-OE one from ECSTUNING...
http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E39-530...ake/ES2091353/
...and it went bad in two months. ECSTUNING was great and shipped me a replacement (no questions asked) after verifying my original purchase. I installed it and it has been fine now for about a year.

Another unrelated case: I bought a cheap coolant expansion tank from ebay for my 2004 e46 325Ci and the damn thing had no magnet on the internal float for the coolant level sensor. So my coolant light would always stay on. Then that tank blew out a month later causing the engine to overheat and blow the head gasket. i saved $50 on the cheap tank but cost myself $2k for a repacement engine.

From now on, I will always buy OE parts where possible.
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