Q: How do I replace the crankshaft position sensor and where is it located on the engine?

asked by on

I cannot find the location on the engine to replace it.

My car has 140000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

In order to replace the crankshaft position sensor you have to remove the passenger tire and inner plastic fender to get access to the crankshaft pulley. The sensor is installed in the engine to the left of the crankshaft pulley. After the connector is disconnected the sensor is held on with a single 10mm bolt. If you run into any issues or need some assistance with the replacement of your crankshaft position sensor, consider enlisting one of our mobile experts from YourMechanic.

Was this answer helpful?

Hey there. The crankshaft position sensor (ckp) is located at the front of the motor to the left of the harmonic balancer. Unfortunately, my information system doesn’t have the correct replacement procedure. This is a common issue with German and British cars are often missing information in aftermarket information systems. But don’t let this stop you.

If you open your hood and look at the front of the motor, you will see a two-wire sensor mounted with a single bolt just to the passenger side of the harmonic balancer. They will be a black wire and an orange wire. If the wire colors don’t match what I just stated, don’t fret, as I said before, information for Jaguars is often wrong. There will be only two wires though. This is standard for any sensor of this nature.

You may have to remove a fan shroud, electric fan assembly or some other items to reach the sensor, but it should be fairly straight forward to figure out. Don’t let the lack of specific instructions deter you from replacing your crank sensor. It is usually a fairly easy repair. You may need a scanner to clear any codes after the installation is done. If you do this yourself, you can get the code cleared at most local auto parts stores.

If you need some help, a local expert from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to replace the crankshaft position sensor for you.

Good luck!

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I replace the crankshaft position sensor and where is it located on the engine?

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: Need to replace thermostat or thermostat.

I would agree with that mechanic, but it could also be low on coolant. I would check the level make sure its full, and then start it up, have a certified mechanic such as one from YourMechanic, feel the upper...

Q: Q: Engine making weird noises.

Seeking a mechanics advice when car issues come up is always a good idea. Especially when it comes to engine noises. Since I don't know what kind of noise you are hearing, I will try to explain what is important...

Q: Car won't start and doesn't have normal power

Thanks for writing in today about the issue with your Saturn. Without being there to physically inspect the car, it's very hard to give you a precise diagnosis, but one common problem that occurs when people install accessory items like...

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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.