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Old 05-09-2012, 03:37 PM
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I have the 1996 dodge ram 1500 5.9l 8 cylinder. I looked just about everywhere underneath the truck, and ontop, but can't find the crankshaft position sensor. I bought a brand new one, but can't find the old one to replace it with.

My truck is bucking, backfiring, idling bad, and stalling at stop signs all symptoms of a bad crankshaft position sensor. Plus I checked the engine code, and looked it up which says to replace the crankshaft position sensor.

Any help is appreciated. I might pay if I see pics of the location if I can do it myself.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:44 PM
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I have the 1996 dodge ram 1500 5.9l 8 cylinder. I looked just about everywhere underneath the truck, and ontop, but can't find the crankshaft position sensor. I bought a brand new one, but can't find the old one to replace it with.

My truck is bucking, backfiring, idling bad, and stalling at stop signs all symptoms of a bad crankshaft position sensor. Plus I checked the engine code, and looked it up which says to replace the crankshaft position sensor.

Any help is appreciated. I might pay if I see pics of the location if I can do it myself.
Yea sure the crank shaft position sensor is located on the top of the bell housing on the passenger side. It would be located right infront of the passenger side head between the block and bell housing of transmission.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:24 PM
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Yea sure the crank shaft position sensor is located on the top of the bell housing on the passenger side. It would be located right infront of the passenger side head between the block and bell housing of transmission.

I must be looking at the wrong place. I was on the passenger side beind the engine where the tranny connects behind the oil pan. I was looking up, but didn't see any wires. I was looking for wires cause I know the crankshaft position sensor has a wire going to it.

Also what does the bell housing of the tranny look like?
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:30 PM
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I must be looking at the wrong place. I was on the passenger side beind the engine where the tranny connects behind the oil pan. I was looking up, but didn't see any wires. I was looking for wires cause I know the crankshaft position sensor has a wire going to it.

Also what does the bell housing of the tranny look like?
The bell housing looks like a bell. If you hang on 1 minute I can give you a photo of the location of the sensor, I rebuilt my transmission and ended up replacing the bell housing so I have photos of the old bell.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:34 PM
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I must be looking at the wrong place. I was on the passenger side beind the engine where the tranny connects behind the oil pan. I was looking up, but didn't see any wires. I was looking for wires cause I know the crankshaft position sensor has a wire going to it.

Also what does the bell housing of the tranny look like?
Here is a photo of a bell housing of a 46RH, I circled the location of where the crankshaft position sensor should be.
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Do you have to remove the tranny to do that? I was looking at the bell housing the whole time. I thought that was the bell housing, but wasn't sure.
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Do you have to remove the tranny to do that? I was looking at the bell housing the whole time. I thought that was the bell housing, but wasn't sure.
Not at all. The CPS is held in place with a bolt on retainer held on with 2 alen screws. There is a piece of rubber which isolates the CPS.
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I saw the rubber, and wire coming out, but have no way to get to it. If I remove part of the exhaust I think I can get to it, but don't want to do that if I have to replace the gaskets where the exhaust bolts on. No other way to get my hands up that far. I tried reaching around different ways, but can't get my hand anywhere close.
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It's bolted to the engine block and sticks down through the opening in the bellhousing. Go to the rear of the passenger side cylinder head. The sensor is bolted on the area directly behind it. If the exhaust is in your way, you're looking in the wrong place. You don't even have the EGR tube to deal with. Though cramped by the location, it's wide open compared to the EGR model.
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I saw the rubber, and wire coming out, but have no way to get to it. If I remove part of the exhaust I think I can get to it, but don't want to do that if I have to replace the gaskets where the exhaust bolts on. No other way to get my hands up that far. I tried reaching around different ways, but can't get my hand anywhere close.
You should be able to remove it, if you don't have much hand room then try using a alan wrench type screw driver with an extra long shaft.
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