How to replace a camshaft sensor on a 1999 Nissan Sentra

Tiny
EDDIEM
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  • 1999 NISSAN SENTRA
  • 178,222 MILES
Car makes a whining noise, took off starter and it check out ok. I put my car diagnostic tool and it gave me a code camshaft sensor. I bought the sensor and I don't know where its located in the engine. Thats if thats going to work. Thats all I know.
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Monday, March 19th, 2012 AT 1:56 AM

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Tiny
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Cam sensor is part of distributor. You replace complete distributor. Where did you buy part?
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Monday, March 19th, 2012 AT 7:14 AM
Tiny
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Well I only have the cam sensor shaft only is that mean I have to replace the whole distributor which the sensor is built in distributor.
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Monday, March 19th, 2012 AT 3:27 PM
Tiny
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Can you post pic of part you have? Does this whining noise happen when car sits and motor is at idle?
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Monday, March 19th, 2012 AT 5:36 PM
Tiny
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The car does not turn over it just makes awhinibg noise it doesn't even turn over to start. It just does a whining noise when I try to turn on the car. There is picture of cam sensor I want to replace. My other question is if the starters is good and it is engaging could it also be the flywheel. The teeth on starter looked good so?
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Monday, March 19th, 2012 AT 6:19 PM
Tiny
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You got a bad starter drive(1 way clutch) or your flywheel teeth are missing? Not likely they are missing unless it was grinding alot when trying to start before.
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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 AT 6:31 AM
Tiny
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Who tested starter? It not only has to spin but also extend gear to engage flywheel. But if 1 way clutch is bad it will spinand make squeal/whine noise but not turn motor.
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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 AT 6:37 AM
Tiny
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That part you pic looks like CRANK sensor. There is some confusion regarding this part from nissan.
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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 AT 6:39 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for your help I'm going to take the starter off to double check that starter again Thanks again for you Help.
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Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 AT 2:36 PM

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