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JRK5892 11-13-2012 11:01 AM

My nightmare from last night
well... i got the famous P0320 code this week... AGAIN... not a real big suprise being how much trans fluid flew out of my bad seal on my trans cooler before i replaced it... so i figure i would replace the Crank and cam sensor... start with the hard one and work forward right... Crank sensor it is! well 15mm & 13mm wrench, socket wrench, knuckle and a few extensions the starter was out and moved in no time and the support bolt was out for the sensor... it was soaked in trans fluid... PB blasted it and let it sit for about 2o min, then did it again... now mind you this whole time i am in my drive way as i have 4 bikes in my garage in various stages of build... so i am outside... well i go to remove the sensor... and like butter it snaps... i lost my shit! ... well i had to be out the door at 8am to be in my shop so... it had to be fixed... i tried everything, tried to get in there with a dremil, to tight of a space so i snapped a drill bit to get it in tighter, did not work, then i used an 90* air tool with a drill bit in it (chucked up in a dremil attachement) so i could run a small drill bit... got a hole in the middle of the sensor, then ran a lag bolt though a large socket so that i could kind of pull the sensor out into the open socket, like you would do on a bad swing arm bearing... did not work.. from here i tried an assortment of about 1000 different things till i noticed there was a small hole in the middle that opened up a bit... got a 16 penny nail, bent it into a hook and sharpened the side of it so it ws flat not a point... took me 2 hours of going in that little hole and working it out slowly... till i was able to break it loose and get it out in pieces... spent a good amount of tiem sanding out the hole, added some anti seize to the sensor, and then some oil and got the new one in... all in all 6 hours on my back in the cold working on it... but it got done and i did not have to drop the pan to do it!

here are some pics of my hell!


how much broke off

my view most of the night

for those of you that have not had the pleasure to do this here is where the sensor is

you can see it is a tight fit, this is my hand making a fist in the area you get to work with

and how it came out... no joke i am going into the shop and first thing i am doing is powder coating this nail GOLD, cause it was worth its weight in gold when it got this sucker out for me...

Trav1s 11-13-2012 12:01 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
Holy ****! I hope I don't have to deal with that. My only hope is the first 8 years of the WJ spent its life in Florida.

JRK5892 11-13-2012 01:05 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
the first time i replaced the sensor was pretty easy actually, it took some work to get it out but it came out after soaking wiht PB blast... but this one just snapped, it is also an aftermarket sensor from autozone, NOT OEM, i would sugest you pay the extra 10 bucks and go OEM. i know in the future i will... i have replaced the Cam sensor from autozone 3x's now and this is my 2nd one for the crank... sucks

JeepFreak12 11-13-2012 01:25 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
Wow! Im glad I am rebuilding a spare motor to drop in!

Trav1s 11-13-2012 01:25 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
Can you put never-seize on it?

JRK5892 11-14-2012 04:27 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
on the new sensor i did, light coat and then i put soem oil on that... this after going from 400 - 1000 grit sanding the bore to smooth it out again

stashgto 11-14-2012 07:55 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
After many years wrenching I've altered, and made some interesting tools. The nail is a new one, but I'll remember it just in case good job.

Madanio24 11-14-2012 09:11 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
This is how my rusted speed sensor looked!!! Took me hours to get it out m

Gus9890 11-16-2012 09:32 PM

Re: My nightmare from last night
Shoulda got some beer while you were working on it after that bad of a night!

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