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I asked you yesterday about the potential problem with the crank shaft sensor. My dad spoke to a mechanic, and they said that the sensor should be encased, because water from wet roads splashes up there. He said that the water pump leaking shouldn't have affected the sensor. Are you of the same opinion? Could it be the oil sensor or something else? Where can I get a diagnostic check done on it, since the "Service Engine Soon" light doesn't stay on?

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Yes, it is a sealed casing but the wires aren't. Have a scan done on your car and see which sensor is acting up. Be sure to have who ever scans your car to check the "freeze frame" on the scanner. Freeze frame is a way the ECM detects a problem with a sensor that has set a "hard" code yet. It's still a potential code waiting to happen.

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