Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Cam sensor going bad

asked by on

Hi peter, my sons cam sensor has been acting up, I took it to our local mechanic and they said they didn't have the computer that would reset the system if the new sensor wasn't recognized. I know I can change it, but I was wondering how often that happens. Never see it mentioned on youtube. BTW It is an MK4 later 1999 jetta

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello. It does not appear that a camshaft position sensor replacement requires any sort of programming for your model of Jetta. The new sensor should function as soon as it the engine is reassembled and the sensor is plugged in. If it does not then that may be a sign of a possible wiring issue or computer issue. If you are unsure I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to replace the sensor at your convenience.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Wheel is hard to turn

The power steering pump may not be working properly and not producing any pressure. The pump would need to be checked for proper pressures using a tester gauge set. If the pump is producing enough pressure then the steering gear...

Q: Steering wheel jerking

Hello. If there is a consistent jerk occurring, then it is typically a spool valve problem in the rack and pinion. This would require replacement of the entire rack and pinion assembly. It can also be caused by a failing...

Q: On a 2005 jetta tdi wagon (engine BEW), can the valve cover gasket be replaced or does the whole cover

Hi John: So long as the valve cover is not warped (especially the sealing surface; it must be "flat", in one plane) or otherwise damaged (cracked, etc.), valves covers are re-usable. To request an inspection, and replacement if needed, please...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.