I bought the truck listed above 3500 dually with the V10. I was told the crankshaft sensor was bad. I ordered it from Red China, only place I could find one, and when it came I went to put it in and it was the camshaft sensor which was missing. So I ordered the camshaft sensor from Red China.
I put it in with the plastic rib on the face touching the camshaft and the vehicle started right up and ran smooth for about four seconds and stopped. I pulled out the camshaft sensor and the end was broken off.
So I ordered another from Red China and cut the plastic off and used a cereal box cardboard as a spacer and it did not start at all. I pulled it out and the end was also broken off. So I ordered another which I have not yet tried again.
One buddy told me the camshaft bearings may be worn and allowing too much play on the sensor. I turned the engine by hand with my finger on the wheel and felt only the cut groves.
I could never find the person who took out the original camshaft sensor to ask them if the tip was broken off.
This is an ole truck and I really do not want to pull the engine. I was thinking about pulling the front timing chain cover off and inspect for junk that may be throw around that may break off the tip off the camshaft sensor.
If I did not see an obvious damage, can I notice excessive play in the camshaft bearings by wiggling the camshaft gear? If there is excess wear can I pull the camshaft out of the engine and replace the camshaft bearings in the engine in the truck?
This is the most I want to do to this old truck. What do you think may be the reason two camshaft sensor tips broke off? What do you recommend I do to keep it on the cheap?
If I can not make this old truck run, I will use the rear end and springs and convert my 1993 Dodge Ram 4x4 2500HD 5.9 Cummings to a dually if it looks like it will work.
Any ideas or input will be highly appreciated. Thanks!
Monday, March 8th, 2021 AT 6:18 PM