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Old 11-09-2007, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2000 528i with the check engine light. Last month the light came on and the code was for the camshaft sensor bank 1. From what i understood this is the intake sensor. I went to the dealer, gave the code. When they gave me the part,they also showed me a diagram of where the sensor was located, which pointed to the left side upper half of engine right behind the radiator neck. From reading other posts it seems this would be the exhaust sensor, and the intake would be on the right side of the engine (when looking from the front). Can someone tell me whch sensor is what. My check engine light still comes on and i still get the sluggish acceleration, hard starting, and crappy gas mileage. the codes are still pointing to the camshaft, bank 1 ...
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The side of the car should be determined as if u were sitting in the drivers seat. therefore the Intake cam sensor would be on the Left. In the US this would be the driver's side. Exhaust cam sensor would be on the right. Also, if you think about it the exhaust cam sensor is on the side of the engine with the exhaust manifold and the intake sensor is on the side of the engine with the intake manifold. Lastly, the intake sensor has a small pigtail wiring harness with a connector and the exhaust sensor has no wires hanging off of it.
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thanks. i did finally figure it out and changed the correct sensor. car has been functioning well. At least i know the exhaust sensor has been replaced also....
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