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Old 03-30-2011, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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All symptoms point to cam sensor... right?

A few months ago i put a new injection pump in and while i had it out, i also put in a new CAM sensor in just for safe measure because it was easy to get to.

Recently, my RPM gauge has been not working once and a while along with the check engine light, and the truck acts very sluggish when it does stop working. From this i figured it must be a bad CAM sensor, so i put the old one back in because i know it was still good and should work. After a few days of driving, the check engine light came back on with the same symptoms as before.

Is there a possibility that something else is causing these problems, or am i just unlucky and both CAM sensors went bad at the same time? I dont know what the check engine light code is because i dont have a scanner and it is a 99 so i cant do the key trick. Any help would be appreciated, thanks
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It could be your crankshaft position sensor. It's behind the starter. Have it scanned to make sure.
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True, suspect the crank sensor and look carefully at wiring. Possiblly pinched during VP replace???
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i never would have thought of it being the crank sensor. I quickly checked the wires for the CAM sensor when i changed it, but ill check again and try to find someone with a scanner. Thanks for your help
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The tach doesn't get it's signal from the cam sensor on your truck. It only does on the ones without a crank sensor. Hence the tone ring is on your crank. check your crank sensor.
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I changed the crank sensor last night and it was a PITA. It took a few hours of fighting and making a special tool to pull it out, but it fixed the problem. I think i might invest in buying a code scanner for the future. Thanks again for everyone's help
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