Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Plug from camshaft position sensor corroded.

asked by on

The plug on the end of the camshaft position sensor broke and the receiver plug looks like it is corroded. While I was able to manually insert the three wires, the car barely runs and dies. I can get the car up to 25 MPH before the car begins bucking terribly. What can I do to replace the plug without replacing the camshaft position sensor, which I think is still good?

A: Even though you can get the car to start an...

Even though you can get the car to start and run by sticking the wires into the connector, it will not keep out moisture and it could corrode even more. I would recommend having a mechanic inspect the sensor and vehicle harness connector to see if it needs to be replaced. The vehicle side harness connector may no longer be available and an alternate repair method may have to be done to repair the harness. I recommend contacting a mechanic and having them do a more permanent repair.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Battery draining

Yes it is possible you need an alternator, depending on when and how the battery drains. If your battery drains while you are driving your vehicle, chances are good that you might need to replace the alternator. If the battery...

Q: Car not starting after initial start

Hello. Most of the time when this engine will not restart once it is hot, it is due to a failure in the distributor. Typically when these start to fail they will not produce spark once the engine is turned...

Q: My want crank at all.. i just keep hearing a click. Tested .y starter its good

It sounds like you may have a battery that is too weak to turn the motor over or potentially a faulty starter solenoid. The starter solenoid is located on the starter and has internal electrical contacts that transmit electricity to...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
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...
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.