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Old 31 Jul 2009, 10:40 am
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Default US vs Import Model. Difference?

I just called to get a price on a camshaft position sensor for my 2004 PT Cruiser. They tell me that if mine is a US model the part is $56. If it is an Import model the part is $168. What is the difference? $112 seems like a very big difference to me. My PT Cruiser happens to be the Import model. VIN Begins with a 3.
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 10:45 am
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Interesting. Are cam sensors prone to going bad? Because I am getting ready to head out and pick up my POS in a little bit. When I got the "It's ready!" call, I was told that my share of the cost is $200, for the spark plugs & wires and the cam sensor. What happens if there is a bad cam sensor and you put in a new engine without replacing it? Would it make the new engine go bad?
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 12:32 pm
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Default Re: US vs Import Model. Difference?

Where are you located? If you are in the US then it's not imported. More likely the difference is SBEC or NGC. 04 was the change and it was a running change. Where is the crank sensor located? If it is on the backside of the engine then it is SBEC. If the crank sensor is on the frontside then it is NGC.
All PT's are made in Mexico. Imported means it went to somewhere other than US.
If I where you I would go to the dealership and get the part. That way you know for sure it is right. Also you get 12/12 warranty and free replacement in that 12/12. May cost a little more but worth it!
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 12:40 pm
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What happens if there is a bad cam sensor and you put in a new engine without replacing it? Would it make the new engine go bad?

RNCRUZR,

The cam position sensor keeps tabs on exactly where in the four stroke revolution pattern the engine and valve train is so the engine control module can "tell" the injectors exactly when to fire. It is one of many inputs to the engine computer that affects how the PT runs. Without a signal from the CPS the computer does not know when to fire the injectors so it does not fire them at all.

You can guess what happens if you have a bad one. It doesn't hurt the engine if it's bad, you just don't go anywhere.
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 04:43 pm
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So I wonder if that was what was causing my engine to die momentarily when the "check engine" light came on during my trip back to Seattle?

Edit: Sorry about the thread drift, I will take it over to my POS thread.

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Old 31 Jul 2009, 04:49 pm
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All PT's are made in Mexico..
Not true, the European Cruisers are made in Austria!
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 04:52 pm
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So I wonder if that was what was causing my engine to die momentarily when the "check engine" light came on during my trip back to Seattle?

If the Check Engine light came on then there should have been a code between P0340 - P0344 to say there was something wrong in the Camshaft circuit.
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 04:59 pm
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Back on topic here - my new cam sensor cost $136. I don't know if my POS is an import or not, since it has DRLs, could it possibly a Canadian model? It was originally purchased in WA state.
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 05:10 pm
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Back on topic here - my new cam sensor cost $136. I don't know if my POS is an import or not, since it has DRLs, could it possibly a Canadian model? It was originally purchased in WA state.

The U.S. cruisers don't have the DRL's. Also, as someone else pointed out, I think your VIN will be totally different from the U.S. model. Mine starts with: 3C8FYBB11....... First number 1 or 4 is U.S.A., 2 = Canada, 3 = Mexico, J - Japan, K = Korea
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Old 31 Jul 2009, 05:45 pm
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Mine starts with a 3, which makes sense since it was made in Mexico. Maybe made in Mexico for the Canadian market?
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