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Old 13 Oct 2015, 06:54 pm
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Default Replace Crankshaft Sensor when you replace Cam Sensor

CEL came on today, the car started sputtering when it hit 2300 rpms. Spoke to my friend and said it sounded like the camshaft position sensor. Took it to Advance and they did the code reader. Code came up cam sensor. Bought the part, replaced it in the parking lot and reset the code.

My friend is telling me I should change the crankshaft position sensor too. He said when one goes out, the other usually goes shortly after. Is this true, the Crankshaft sensor is a tougher to replace. I'd have to wait until the weekend to do this.

I'm not a fan of replacing parts that aren't bad, but if it needs to be, I'll get one.
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Old 13 Oct 2015, 06:57 pm
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I wouldn't worry about it...I'd wait.
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Old 13 Oct 2015, 07:57 pm
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......I'm not a fan of replacing parts that aren't bad, but if it needs to be, I'll get one.
You don't have to change the crank sensor just because the cam sensor failed. The Chrysler cam sensor that they used on the PT (along with many other cars) is known to often fail within the life the car. But often, the crank sensor will never need to be changed and will last as long as the car does. There are exceptions, but I believe there's no need to change it just for preventive maintenance.
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Old 13 Oct 2015, 09:47 pm
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Sometimes the problem is a bad contact or a bad wire going to the Camshaft sensor so I would keep the original Camshaft sensor in case the sensor was not the problem.
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Old 13 Oct 2015, 10:01 pm
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One sensor has no bearing on the other's longevity. Seen pattern on this or other forums to bear that advice out. If it ain't broke don't fix it !
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Old 14 Oct 2015, 12:05 am
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If your artificial knee needed a rebuild, would you change out all of your root-canal titanium posts too, just in case??

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Old 14 Oct 2015, 06:12 am
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Default Re: Replace Crankshaft Sensor when you replace Cam Sensor

Thanks everybody, that's what I was hoping to hear. I'll just leave it alone. I'll hang onto the old one just encase.
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Old 14 Oct 2015, 08:43 am
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Thanks everybody, that's what I was hoping to hear. I'll just leave it alone. I'll hang onto the old one just encase.
I am not saying in every case but a majority of...

It is a internet forum myth about the cam sensor or target magnet. I bet you reinstall that old cam sensor it will magically work!

If people on the internet were really that smart about working on their own cars the price of auto parts would be greater because the demand for them would be lower. LOL
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