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2005 Ford Taurus crank angle sensor failing My 2005 Ford

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2005 Ford Taurus crank angle sensor failing?

My 2005 Ford Taurus (Vulcan 3.0 L) is making a squealing / chirping sound and seems to have a failing camshaft position sensor / crankshaft position sensor / crank angle sensor.

a. Is there an easy to disassemble the engine to replace this?

b. What is the correct term for this part if I am trying to get a quote or trying to get an mechanic (Ford or independent) to fix it?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  autoservicetech replied 8 years ago.

What you are referring to is the cam synchronizer. All it is is a replacement for the distributor that was there years ago. Instead of now having a distributor, there is now a shaft, driven off of the cam, to spin the reluctor for the camshaft position sensor.


It is a common problem, as the bushings wear and allow "timing" to move. It requires a special tool to properly align the new synchronizer, and there is even a TSB on how to use a scope to check and see if the synchronizer is properly installed.

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