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Old 04-26-2009, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just picked up a 96 328is L@@K!

just bought this bimmer last weekend, it needs some tlc and a few parts fixed but hell i couldnt pass up the deal! as of now i need to install a crank position senor since i bought it WITHOUT ONE!!! yeaa there wasnt one at all!! lol. so i went and bought a new sensor but it has like 4 plugs on it??? im asuming its a universal one?? but heres my problem i cant find where the bastard plungs into in the wire harness!! ive lloked everywhere and i just cant seem to find where the CPS plugs into? if someone could help me out it would be F'in great.
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nice you sure you got the right sensor? make sure to get an OEM sensor
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Yea i got the sensor form Advance auto parts only because i didnt want to wait for one, my problem is i cant find where to plug the sensor into? seriously i cant find any plugs that arent open? i need some help asap i want to drive this machine!
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Yea i got the sensor form Advance auto parts only because i didnt want to wait for one, my problem is i cant find where to plug the sensor into? seriously i cant find any plugs that arent open? i need some help asap i want to drive this machine!

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^^ hey bro thats a good write up but i dont need the camshaft sensor replaced i need the Crank sensor replaced.

i cant find no DIY's
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Four plugs? sounds like the wrong part...
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the sensor itsself dont have four plugs but the wire that i got with the sensor has 4 different plug ends on it. i just cant find where it plugs into? under the manifold? somewhere in the wireharness?? but where?? its driving me nuts bro i want to drive this machine real bad!!!! car runs but has shitty idle but of course most of you all know that.
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^^ hey bro thats a good write up but i dont need the camshaft sensor replaced i need the Crank sensor replaced.

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Sorry about that.....try this.......

The sensor itself is easy to reach and replace. On some models, however, the wire harness that connects the sensor to the rest of the car is hidden underneath the intake manifold. Remove the intake manifold to replace the sensor. Or, you may be able to access it by reaching underneath the manifold—if you have skinny arms—and removing the oil filter housing first.

To replace the sensor, unscrew the 5-millimeter Allen bolt that attaches the sensor to the engine case. The sensor will always be mounted facing the toothed degree wheel attached to the front of the crankshaft. Depending upon which car you have, you may need to remove the radiator fan (see our radiator replacement article).

Wire harness routing varies widely from car to car. On the E36 six-cylinder models, the harness is routed through a plastic cover and then underneath the intake manifold. Disconnect the wire harness from the engine, and replace the sensor. Be sure to route the new harness along the same path as the old harness.



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Figure 1, Below: The crankshaft position sensor (orange arrow) is relatively easy to get to. However, like the camshaft position sensor, the wire harness connection is hidden underneath the intake manifold. Remove the intake manifold to replace the sensor; or, if you have skinny arms, you may be able to reach in there if you remove the oil filter housing first. The wire harness is integrated into an upper plastic guide (green arrow). The wire disappears beneath the VANOS solenoid and the intake manifold (blue arrow).

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