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  cant get crank position sensor out! - Posted: 04-03-2010, 10:31 AM
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so of course the day started with the lovely check engine light coming on, which of course then struck my curiousity as to why. come to find out my crank sensor is on the fritz i guess!? (truck is still running fine) so i get the part, find out where it is (back of passenger side lower engine block, can see it through front passenger wheel well) took the bolt out, unclipped the wire harness..woo hoo this is gonna be easy....not so much!! the plastic is coroded inside the block! i tried prying, pulling, scraping, pb blaster, and no results!! and i dont wanna break it off in the block!! has anyone encountered this problem with good results? cuz for now im holding off until i know how to do it without causing much bigger problems!! thanx
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 Posted: 04-03-2010, 07:14 PM
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I replaced two on durangos and 1 on a jeep 5.2 (try that that is tight plus hey have solid fender no removable plastic. But any way there are two bolts that go down in to the block. 1/2 inch socket I think. There is also a ground wire that might get in the way. But you just pull straight up on the sensor. There is a rubber grommet that it sits in.
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 Posted: 04-03-2010, 10:57 PM
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so of course the day started with the lovely check engine light coming on, which of course then struck my curiousity as to why. come to find out my crank sensor is on the fritz i guess!? (truck is still running fine) so i get the part, find out where it is (back of passenger side lower engine block, can see it through front passenger wheel well) took the bolt out, unclipped the wire harness..woo hoo this is gonna be easy....not so much!! the plastic is coroded inside the block! i tried prying, pulling, scraping, pb blaster, and no results!! and i dont wanna break it off in the block!! has anyone encountered this problem with good results? cuz for now im holding off until i know how to do it without causing much bigger problems!! thanx
What engine do you have? I am guessing the 4.7l based upon your description of the location. And don't you mean the Camshaft Position Sensor? I am thinking you have the wrong sensor on the block. I made the same mistake when I was swapping mine out. The one I removed first must have been the oil pressure sensor. It was lower on the block and was a PAIN to remove once the bolt was released.

The one you need (from what I gather from your post) is actually further up and further to the front of the vehicle. Its JUST below the valve cover, and its easier to pull out.

Take a good look at the new sensor that you have, particularity the head of it IIRC, and compare it to the one you are trying to get out. There was a small difference that becomes obvious once the lower (wrong) one was removed.

Hope this helps, and Good Luck!
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im sorry, i have the 4.7. yeah i thought it was the right one, it looked about the same. but i did go out and check, there is one that looks just like it towards the front! how do i know the difference, and what was that i was tryin to pull out before then? the box for the part said crankshaft positioning sensor. ugh!! lol unfortunately todays easter and my better half would kill me if i was out wrenching on the truck all day....ill have to deal with it tomorrow.
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oh, and to add, ive noticed my trucks been making a "tinging" when exellarating, almost sounds like an exhaust leak....this wouldnt have anything to do with the sensor issue would it?
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im sorry, i have the 4.7. yeah i thought it was the right one, it looked about the same. but i did go out and check, there is one that looks just like it towards the front! how do i know the difference, and what was that i was tryin to pull out before then? the box for the part said crankshaft positioning sensor. ugh!! lol unfortunately todays easter and my better half would kill me if i was out wrenching on the truck all day....ill have to deal with it tomorrow.
I'll wrench on my vehicles all day long, and tell my other half to make me some gruel. She just brought out a grilled cheese for me. It's either I do the work, or she can drive it to a shop, pay the $100/hr. She'd rather make me a sandwich, and not complain.

You may have an exhaust leak. I read that the 4.7 manifold bolts are weak in places, and can crack or sear off(?). I ran a quick search myself and couldn't find anything...weird.
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lol!! yeah, i might have to take it to an exhaust shop and see what they say, unfortunately. but right now its not a huge concern. as far as my crank or cam sensor, the light mysteriosly turned off without me repalcing any parts, so i think right now i might just ride it out until it comes back on or presents problems!!
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