Neon, 2000-2005

Crankshaft Position Sensor

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Operation



The PCM determines what cylinder to fire from the crankshaft position sensor input and the camshaft position sensor input. The second crankshaft counterweight has two sets of four timing reference notches, including a 60 signature notch. From the crankshaft position sensor input, the PCM determines engine speed and crankshaft angle (position).

The notches generate pulses from high to low in the crankshaft position sensor output voltage. When a metal portion of the counterweight aligns with the crankshaft position sensor, the sensor output voltage goes low (less than 0.5 volts). when a notch aligns with the sensor, voltage goes high (5.0 volts). As a group of notches pass under the sensor, the output voltage switches from low (metal) to high (notch) then back to low.

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Timing Reference Notches On Crankshaft

The Crankshaft Position Sensor (CKP) is a Hall-effect sensor. The PCM determines what cylinder to fire from the Crankshaft Position Sensor input and the Camshaft Position Sensor input. The second crankshaft counterweight has two sets of four timing reference notches including a 60-degree signature notch. From the Crankshaft Position Sensor input, the PCM determines engine speed and crankshaft angle (position). The PCM sends approximately 8 volts to the Hall-effect sensor. This voltage is required to operate the Hall-effect chip and the electronics inside the sensor.

A ground for the sensor is provided through the sensor return circuit. The input to the PCM occurs on a 5-volt output reference circuit.

If available, an oscilloscope can display the square wave patterns of each voltage pulse. From the width of the output voltage pulses, the PCM calculates engine speed, The width of the pulses represent the amount of time the output voltage stays high before switching back to low. The period of time the sensor output voltage stays high before switching back to low is referred to as pulse width. The faster the engine is operating, the smaller the pulse width on the oscilloscope.

By counting the pulses and referencing the pulse from the 60 signature notch, the PCM calculates the crankshaft angle (position). In each group of timing reference notches, the first notch represents 69 Before Top Dead Center (BTDC). The second notch represents 49 BTDC. The third notch represents 29 BTDC. The last notch in each set represents 9 BTDC.

The timing reference notches are machined at 20 increments. From the voltage pulse width, the PCM tells the difference between the timing reference notches and the 60 signature notch. The 60signature notch produces a longer pulse width than the smaller timing reference notches. If the camshaft position sensor input switches from high to low when the 60 signature notch passes under the crankshaft position sensor, the PCM knows cylinder number on is the next cylinder at TDC.

The PCM uses the Crankshaft Position Sensor to calculate the following:



Engine RPM
 
TDC number 1 and 4
 
Ignition coil synchronization
 
Injector synchronization
 
Camshaft-to-crankshaft misalignment (Timing belt skipped 1 tooth or more diagnostic trouble code).

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Removal & Installation



The crankshaft position sensor mounts to the engine block behind the generator, just above the oil filter.

  1. Disconnect electrical connector from crankshaft position sensor.
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  3. Remove sensor mounting screw. Remove sensor.
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  5. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  7. Raise vehicle and support.
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  9. Disconnect the electrical connector.
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  11. Remove bolt from Crankshaft sensor.
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  13. Remove sensor.

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To install:

The crankshaft position sensor mounts to the engine block behind the generator, just above the oil filter

  1. Install sensor. Install sensor mounting screw and tighten.
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  3. Connect electrical connector to crankshaft position sensor.
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  5. Install bolt and tighten to 10 Nm (90 inch lbs.).
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  7. Connect the electrical connector.

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  9. Lower vehicle. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Testing



To test this sensor, you will need the use of an oscilloscope.

Visually check the connector, making sure it is attached properly and all of the terminals are straight, tight and free of corrosion.

The output voltage of a proper operating camshaft or crankshaft position sensor switches from high (5.0 volts) to low (0.3 volts). By connecting an oscilloscope to the sensor output circuit, you can view the square wave pattern produced by the voltage swing.

Compare the scope pattern readings and results and repair or replace sensor as necessary.

 
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