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Old 10 Feb 2012, 06:36 pm
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I have an 08 pt cruiser base model. two days ago it started bucking while going about 60. the check engine came one. the next day the engine light went off. Later on in the day it started bucking again (kind of like the back breaks where grabbing). The engine never died, we dropped the mph and the car ran fine. At auto zone they gave us the code P0340. Reading the forum I haven't made any formal decision on what the problem is whether it be the sensor its self or the wiring or a loose connection. I have found out where the sensor sits and how long it should take to replace the sensor. The car still runs, still cranks. So please can someone give me a clear picture of where to start.
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Old 10 Feb 2012, 06:41 pm
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You already know WHERE to start ....the Camshaft Position sensor. First take off the electrical connection and inspect it for anything unusual. Next, follow the wiring harness all the way around back of the engine. Mine came loose and hung low enough to hit the spinning half shaft on the passenger side. Inspect where it goes around the corner of the engine and as far along the back as possible for any breaks in the harness. If all looks good, pick up a new sensor at the dealer. Don't buy one from an auto store even though it will be a little cheaper. After market parts are made out of junk. Even if it works, it won't last long. Stick with a genuine MOPAR part.
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