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Old 14 Sep 2012, 11:55 am
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I have read all the forums on here, but none of them seem to provide a conclusion on this error. My apologies if I have missed it. To start, I did not get a Mopar part. Please help if that is the case.

My story goes as such, I bought a 2004 PT Cruiser Limited Edition, a month later the CEL came on, I did the key trick and got the P0344 codes. I took it to the mechanic and the CEL was off and it seemingly worked fine for a while, not sure how long.
The CEL came on again, checked the codes and one of them was the battery code this time. I had the camshaft changed and the battery changed, and the error code came on 3 days later. (I understand what you are saying, but should it really only last 3 days?)
3 days later the CEL came on again, after hitting a bump. I immediately took it to Autozone, and they only found the p0344 code this time. We did the battery trick, and it ran fine for 2 days.
It (Cel, error p0344) is on again now. Im not sure what to do. Is it because it is possible the error codes havent been cleared I dont feel I should have to take it to a mechanic every other week.
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Old 14 Sep 2012, 11:59 am
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i would clear the codes by pulling the battery cable off and then start the car. wiggle the wire to the cam sensor and see if it comes back on. could be a crappy wire/connection, hence the bumps making it throw a code.. free to try right?
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Old 14 Sep 2012, 12:02 pm
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I tried the battery trick, and the car went a few feet and the CEL came back on. I did not start the car with the negative cable off, should I do that also?
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Old 14 Sep 2012, 12:36 pm
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I tried the battery trick, and the car went a few feet and the CEL came back on. I did not start the car with the negative cable off, should I do that also?
no. you did it right. i worded it weird.
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Old 14 Sep 2012, 12:54 pm
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The first thing you need to do is get an OEM sensor. Aftermarket sensors are notorious for not working right with the electrical system.
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Agree with Chris. Aftermarket sensors are made to look like the OEM part but actually made with inferior parts. They either don't work at all or don't last very long.

Also agree with Ron about the wiring. When my camshaft sensor threw a code the wiring harness was found to be at fault.
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I tried the battery trick, and the car went a few feet and the CEL came back on. I did not start the car with the negative cable off, should I do that also?
A couple points;

First, as has been said the aftermarket sensors are unreliable, use an OEM sensor.

Second, I hope you're not expecting the removal of the negative battery cable to fix your problem because it won't. It only clears the code for a short time. If you haven't fixed your problem before removing the cable, the code will come right back.

Third, from your above quote---"I did not start the car with the negative cable off, should I do that also"-------------------- You should change your site name to "Mandrake", he's a magician.

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