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Customer: My name is ***** *****, I have a 2003 Chrysler Town & Country 3.3L motor. It has started stalling out all the time, if you turn it off and back on it will usually restart. I've been reading about the crankshaft sensor and read this article but can't find it. I see the diagram here but it but you can't reach there, do you have to remove the battery and baseplate to get to it?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

It's very possible that the crank sensor is failing and causing the engine to die but it could also be the cam sensor, a wiring issue, the powertrain control module or a lost power or ground to the PCM.

The first step in diagnosing the problem is to check for fault codes. If the PCM is staying awake through the event then there will be codes set.

Have you checked for fault codes?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The check engine light has been on for a year and it went off right before this happened, I have no way of reading the codes and I think it is to unsafe to drive this vehicle now. I thought I would try the sensors first before having to tow it somewhere. I'm just trying to find that sensor.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

Nothing needs to be removed to get to the crank sensor but you won't really be able to see it. If you reach down past the exhaust crossover pipe and follow the bellhousing up to nearly where it meets the engine you'll be in the area. If you look at the back of the trans toward the firewall where the differential section is, the crank sensor is near where the differential section meets the bellhousing, and is nearly at the engine block. It runs off a tone wheel on the flexplate.

If you're unable to find it by hand then you can remove the battery and tray. Once the battery is out there will be one 10mm bolt holding the top of the coolant reservoir to the tray, two 13mm nuts and one bolt holding the battery tray in. This will allow you to get your head deeper into the engine compartment to help see the sensor.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That's where I've been looking, I'll try removing the battery tomorrow and see if I have any better luck.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 1 year ago.

That will give you a little more room to see but you'll still have to lean in pretty far to be able to see it and be familiar with it's location.