2004 Dodge Intrepid camshaft position sensor

Tiny
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  • 2004 DODGE INTREPID
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 168,000 MILES
Where can I find a step by step instruction on how to replace this camshaft position sensor; preferably with diagrams? What's the trick to removing the clip holdin the wires in place?
if the plenim has to be lifted up will I need to replace a gasket or o ring?
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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 AT 7:12 PM

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Tiny
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Hi:
The wiring plug is removeable with a small flat head screwdriver. There is a small clip holding the plug on. Place the screwdriver under it, gently lift it (it's plastic and can break), and pull the plug.

The plenum shouldn't need to be removed, but most of them used gaskets.

As far as directions, you won't find them on a web page. You could get a manual at the local parts store. However, there is only one bolt that holds it in place. You shouldn't have too much trouble with it.

JOe
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Saturday, November 8th, 2008 AT 4:46 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, changed it last week. There were two clips. A red one that slides across 1/4" first and then the flat one that you press down on to release the female side of the clip. I had to lift the plenim about 1" to get the sensor out and the new one in. Just left the bolts loose but in place so the plenim wouldn't move too far out of place and damage the gasket. So far so good.
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Sunday, November 9th, 2008 AT 7:51 PM
Tiny
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Hi:
Great news. If you have any other questions, let me know.

Joe
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Monday, November 10th, 2008 AT 1:32 PM
Tiny
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I was quoted $370 to replace the camshaft sensor in my dodge 2004 - diagnosed after the gas milage dropped way down and the malfunction light came on (coincidental to major repairs done one week ago.).

Anyway, the part is $60, and I am wondering if this quote is outrageous or not. It sounds like I can buy the part and switch it out without tinkering with other parts. Is this the case?

Thank you!
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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 10:21 PM
Tiny
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The part doesn't sound bad. How many hours labor are they charging you?
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 8:46 AM
Tiny
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They are charging $280 in labor, $82 for the part ( $60 at the parts store). Are there any post-install calibration efforts? From the discussion above it sounds like it would take me about half an hour to get a new one in.
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 5:26 PM
Tiny
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Are you still refering to the cam position sensor? I thought you replaced that. If not, is the engine a 2.7 V6? They were in nearly 85% of the vehicles. The camshaft position sensor is mounted to the top of the timing case cover. The bottom of the sensor is positioned above the left camshaft sprocket. Here is a picture of the wiring harness and engine:


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/249084_cam_1.jpg



Let me know if this is for the right engine and if it helps.

Joe
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 7:05 PM
Tiny
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Yup, still referring the cam position sensor. Travelzoo replaced his. Me - not yet!

It is a 2.7 V6.

I found it in my car, pulled it out (is there supposed to be oil all over the sensor?) And put it back in causing the malfunction light to go off.

However, I still plan on putting in a new sensor -- but every sensor I see at a parts store is just a little bit smaller / shaped just a little differently than the one in my car (they are for the right year, make, model, engine at the store). Maybe it is an after factory update?

Thanks!
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Saturday, January 16th, 2010 AT 1:11 AM

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