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Dodge Camshaft Questions

Need to replace a camshaft positioning sensor? How much would it cost to replace a Dodge camshaft seals? Do the timing belt covers need to be removed to replace the camshaft seals? Is it more cost effective to replace camshaft seals on both banks or just on one? Many Dodge owners do not know where the camshaft sensor is located. Furthermore, the camshaft, its positioning sensor, and seals are gray areas which raise more questions than answers. However, there is a solution to the problem which is to ask an Expert when camshaft issues arise.

Here are some typical questions and how Experts have replied to them.

Where on a Dodge 4.7 is the camshaft position located?

It is located on the head at the front right side. Here is a diagram that illustrates its position.

Location of the Dodge camshaft position sensor

In the image below, part #2 is the camshaft position sensor’s location in a 4.7L Dodge engine.

What would it cost to have the camshaft seal on a 1997 Dodge Sebring replaced by a dealer?

Cam seals are not easily obtainable for a 2.5L engine. To replace them the timing belt covers, belt and cam sprockets need to be removed. To change just one cam seal takes 2.9 hours labor. If one has to be replaced it is advisable to change the seals on both banks and overhaul the front head at the same time. To replace both cam seals would take 3.2 hours labor, a difference of only 0.3 hours.

The seals cost less than $12 each from a dealer and to estimate the labor cost multiply the labor time by the prevailing hourly rate. If the vehicle is nearing 100,000 miles, replace the timing belt as well. Since it has to be removed anyway it will not cost any more by way of labor.

How to replace the camshaft position sensor on a Dodge Dakota 3.7L?

On this engine the cam sensor is installed on the right bank cylinder head at the front end. The cam sensor is part #2 on this illustration.
Cam sensor in a Dodge Dakota 3.7L
To replace the cam sensor remove the 10mm bolt which holds it and it should come off. Then squeeze the tab on the connector to slide it off. The arrow from #4 on the diagram points to the lock which has to be squeezed.

Why does a car which stores error code P0340 not start even after replacing the camshaft position sensor?

The first step is to check if there is a spark, and if there is, to try to start the car on starting fluid. If no spark is being produced check that the crankshaft and camshaft sensors have a reference voltage when the key is turned on. If there is voltage at the sensors, the timing belt might have broken or jumped time. There is no warning when either of these happen.

What are the specifications to torque a 1998 Dodge Caravan’s camshaft bearing caps bolts?

M6 bolts are tightened to 105 inch pounds and M8 to 250 inch pounds. The M8 bolts hold the #1 and #6 bearing caps at the front and left rear of the engine.

How to replace the camshaft positioning sensor in the distributor of a 1999 Dodge Dakota 3.9L?

To replace the camshaft position sensor it is not necessary to remove the distributor. Here are the steps to replace it:

  • Take out the air cleaner assembly.
  • Disconnect the negative cable of the battery.
  • Undo the two screws and remove the distributor cap.
  • From the distributor housing, isolate the camshaft position sensor assembly.
  • Remove distributor rotor off the distributor shaft.
  • From the distributor housing, lift out the camshaft position sensor.

Here is an illustration of the distributor assembly and camshaft positioning sensor:

Illustration of the distributor assembly and camshaft positioning sensor
The camshaft and its position is critical to good engine performance because it determines the correct timing of the intake and exhaust valves. However, there are a number of other issues associated with camshafts which can be confusing to many motorists. For problems relating to Dodge camshafts and their solutions, Experts are available to ask for insight.

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