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28 Jun 2019 12:28 #31153 by Jansa
Crank no start. was created by Jansa
I'm working in a 1997 dodge ram 1500 with a 5.9l gas engine. I just did a motor swap with a good running engine out of my 1996 dodge ram 1500 and I keep getting a cam sensor fault code. The truck turns over fine but will not spark. I checked my power, ground, and sensor wires and while unplugged have 5.2v, .01v, and 5.2v. As soon as I plug any of the (3) cam sensors in my signal voltage drops to .06. This is with the sensors out and away from and ferrous material. When i do put ferrous metal againat the sesor, signal voltage remains .06. What would cause this?

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28 Jun 2019 18:56 #31173 by Cheryl
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What do you mean any of the 3 cam sensors??

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28 Jun 2019 18:56 #31174 by Cheryl
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Isn’t the cam sensor in the distributor?? If I remember right

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28 Jun 2019 20:34 #31181 by Jansa
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Yes it's in the distributor.

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28 Jun 2019 20:35 #31182 by Jansa
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I've tried 3 different can sensors so far. I have them all still

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28 Jun 2019 20:53 #31185 by Cheryl
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They used?? Or new?

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28 Jun 2019 21:06 #31188 by jreardon
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3 cam sensors from the same manufacturer? Where'd you get them?

Please ensure colors are correct and fill out this picture.

Did the signal budge even slightly as you passed the metal object near it?

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29 Jun 2019 03:09 #31194 by Jansa
Replied by Jansa on topic Crank no start.
They are used. That could be the issue however. The one that was already on the engine before I swapped them never had issues prior. The 96 started every time. The only reason I even pulled the engine is because the 97 has a much nicer body and the front differential on the 96 went out. This leads me to believe it's not a cam sensor actually causing the issue.

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29 Jun 2019 03:16 #31195 by Jansa
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Yes those colors are correct and no the signal didn't even budge slightly as the metal was passed over or tapped against any of the cam sensors I have. If it helps the previous owner of the 97 put a rod through his engine and locked it up. Could that have shorted the crank sensor causing it to possibly throw a faulty cam code due to the signal being pulled down?

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29 Jun 2019 05:31 #31197 by jreardon
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If you have good power and ground with the sensor connected and you can't simulate a signal with ferrous material then it's a bad cam sensor. The fact that signal is low all the time indicates a shorted sensor.

I am unfamiliar with how this cam sensor looks like but if you pulled it out like in this video then you've found your issue.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWfdHXL-bPg&t=2128

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29 Jun 2019 08:47 #31201 by Cheryl
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Not to sound rude but are you sure it’s the signal wire that’s being pulled to ground,and not the 5 volt reference? Just asking. Do you have a check engine light on during key on engine off?

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29 Jun 2019 11:18 #31207 by Cheryl
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Also maybe the problem is in the connector?

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11 Jul 2019 15:03 #31704 by Jansa
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So I bought a brand new sensor just to rule out the used ones being bad and still having the same problem. I have not tried replacing the connectors yet and yes it is the signal wire being pulled to ground. Would a bad connector cause this? Any other thoughts would be helpful as well.

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11 Jul 2019 18:21 #31709 by jreardon
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Bad connector, maybe. Establish new connections to the new sensor. Scavenge the 5V ref from the TPS or MAP and jump it into the new sensor. Get a ground directly from battery post and jump it into the new sensor. Get the idea? Use meter and monitor signal and redo the test with chunk of metal. Don't forget to have key on and be careful not to short the 5v ref to ground. Test out your old sensors like this.

For the signal wire, just set your meter to beep when it finds continuity to ground.

If you need diagrams I included '96 and '97.

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11 Jul 2019 18:55 - 11 Jul 2019 20:48 #31711 by jreardon
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That's going to be alot of work to setup. Maybe try the simple wiggle test first.

I don't know what the inside of connector looks like but it's not unreasonable to ask, Is the sensor shorted or is the connector shorted when sensor gets plugged in?

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12 Jul 2019 04:48 #31717 by jreardon
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You have a known good working crank sensor. Measure resistance between signal and ground pins and compare that with the cam sensors you have.

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