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Crank sensor broke

Tried to remove crank sensor and it broke off. can I push it through? will it just fall into the oil pan?

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No you can not just push it through!!!

it will not just fall into the oil. it will hit against the crankshaft and stop. you must remove the oil pan and pry between to crank and the engine block and force it out of he block.

they usually get baked in by the oil on the o-ring seal

Posted on Apr 12, 2009

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    thats a very do-able solution also if you have the space

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Get adriil and use an easy out too remove it dont try too push it thru!!!!

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