The wife's 01' WJ was at the local garage this morning for an annual inspection when I get a call from the owner telling me the Jeep won't start. Said a tech had gone out to bring it into the bay, started it up, shifted into reverse and it died. Nothing he did would get it to fire back up again. I figured it might be either the camshaft or crankshaft position sensor, so I purchased both on my way to the garage after work. Sure enough, the Jeep was throwing a P0320 code (crankshaft position sensor). Figures it would be the more difficult of the two to replace.
So I replace the camshaft sensor just because it only takes 5 mins and don't really know when it was last replaced. I then turned my attention to the crankshaft sensor, which sits on top of the bellhousing. I tried for nearly two hrs to reach the single bolt that hold the thing in place. I tried jacking up the body and letting the axle and driveshaft hang. I tried jacking up the Jeep by the front axle. I tried just about ever thing I could to reach that bolt and never even got close. Hell I can't even touch the damn thing and have no idea how I'd ever get the bolt started to install the new.
So how the hell are you supposed to remove the old sensors? Is there something I am missing. I searched online and found a lot of folks saying you need to use a 12" extension, a universal joint, a 3" extension and a 11mm socket. Well that didn't work for me. Come on JG folks, help a brother out before he has to breakdown and pay the garage for a couple hrs of labor!