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Cannot find the crankshaft sensor on my 2003 bmw 316sei,its obviuosly not so easy as the camshaft sensor can anybody please help

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  • mimo_beck Feb 14, 2009

    i have the same problem i can't find the crankshaft sensor please any body help me in this metter?

  • rezzaali Mar 26, 2009

    yeh i have the same problem on my bmw 318ci 2lt 2003 coupe, when i was driving it cut off on me and did not start. after 30mins it started and did the same thing when the engine got hot. i pluged the diagnostic computer and found two faults on the ecu. crank sensor and intake cam sensor.. so i replaced the cam sensor which was quite easy to do, but then when trying to find the crank was difficult. so any ways i managed to locate it but there is not enough space to remove the sensor.does anyone know the correct way of getting to the sensor and what components need replacing to get to this? i have noticed my engine not running right and making loud noise. also its vibrating and does not sound smooth as it use to.. could this be related to the crank sensor?? please some one help me...

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I have a drawing from bmw dealer for the location of crankshaft sensor as i have the same trouble. Email me on faz1824@yahoo.co.uk & i'll forward it to you.

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