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How to change ckp sensor on dodge p/u 5.2L and 5.9L

First find the connector to the crank position sensor at the rear of the engine around the distributor,normally to the left side of the engine, it is a 2 wire sensor connector. Unplug the connector and feed it back to the right hand rear of the engine block. Now you will most likely not be able to see the ckp sensor as it is in behind the block held in by 2 bolts on the bracket. Now you will need a socket (some have different size bolts usually a 13mm or a 10mm, but sometimes an allen key) a long extension 6 - 10 in a universal would come in handy and a ratchet normally 3/8". You have to reach in behind the block and feel where the sensor bolts go into the block, put your socket with extension on one of them and attach ratchet then turn to the left to loosen and remove the bolt. Do the same for the second bolt (this can be a pain sometimes as i said you more than likely can't see them). With bolts removed pull on the bracket or sensor body and you may have to wiggle or turn it slightly to remove it (it is in a rubber grommet and can get stuck or be stiff). Now you are ready to put the new sensor in at this point you should put a little lube on the sensor tip and body to allow it to slip into the rubber grommet in the block (otherwise you could have a time to get it to sit in there properly, some rust check or bearing lube will do. Now find the holes in the bracket for the bolts and carefully tread them in by hand (as to not cross tread them), once you have both bolts back in by hand a few turns, use the ratchet to tighten them down, but don't over tighten them, a torque wrench would be nice but can be hard to get an accurate reading with extensions and universal, so use your better judgment. Now all you have to do is feed the long connector lead back past your distributor and plug the 2 ends back together. Nothing to it. Hope this will help some of you. Good luck.

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