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How do I replace the Camshaft position sensor on my 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 6 cyl diesel? Where is it and how do I get to it?

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  • flipdrew May 27, 2010

    It has an injector pump, but the OBDii is pulling a code of P0341-Cam sensor condition. The Haynes manual shows it between the injector pump and the engine block mounted to the back of the timing case, but there is so much stuff in the way that I was hoping someone had a trick or pointer to get to it without having to disassemble 1/2 the engine.

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The Camshaft sensor is easily replaced. Just remove your distributor cap and rotor button, and there it is. Be careful however in removing this "Halls Effect" type magnetic switch for the wires leading out of the distributor fit into a groove in the side of the distributor. Quite often, I've found people in a hurry that will "chafe" the wires when installing the new camshaft sensor, so make sure you slide the wires from the sensor into the "U" shaped groove. About six inches from the distributor, you'll find the end that plugs into the Wiring Harness. Remove the old one and install the new one. If you're a perfectionist (like I tend to be)(smile), I always apply Di-Electric grease (found at most Auto Parts stores, for this is a Sensor and unwanted moisture or leaking electrical connections such as bad plug wires can lead to a false signal from the camshaft sensor to the computer, yielding in a No Start, a False Code, or Poor Gas Mileage. Just a suggestion.

Let me know if this works for you in understanding what I'm trying to explain here.

Good Luck,

"00 Buck"

"Still living on the Right Side of Dirt..."

Posted on May 27, 2010

  • Mark Lewis
    Mark Lewis May 27, 2010

    It appears you're talking about two different sensors. The "Camshaft Sensor" is located under the Distributor Cap whereas the "CRANKSHAFT Sensor" is located between the Engine and Transmission on the Bell Housing. What sensor are you speaking of and if it is the Crank Sensor, then there really isn't an "easy" way to get to it. My only recommendation there, is to clean the Engine in that area to facilitate a "clean" installation of the new one.

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Diesel ,this year ??? does it have a common rail or an injector pump because if its a injector pump then it will not have one

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    Colin Stickland May 28, 2010

    sorry never worked on this model vehicle or even seen one to be truthfull iam surprised a vehicle this old has a cam sensor for a diesel but you learn something new everyday and never stop learning either.Now i know that the only way to get to to anything like this and that is if its in the way remove it ,now i know its an old adage but its how i was taught .Sorry i havent been of any help but if you want to know about a ford transit van or a leyland mandator truck even a morris minor please ask

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