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post #1 of 10 Old 04-27-2006, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Okay I Read Alot Of Old Threads About This Last Night. Looks Like It Is As Important To Have A Cps In The Glove Box As It Is To Have A Flashlight. Saw Some Advertised On E-bay For 50 Something Bucks. Is There Any Other Small Things Like This That One Should Keep In The Truck???? I Already Keep My Old Serpentine Belt In There Just In Case. Any Suggestions??????

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Serpentine belt is a good idea, mine squeaks alot and I've had a few. As far as the cam sensor, my opinion is that its up to you whether you want to or not. I've got 157k on my truck without any problems. But like you said you read alot about the sensor and if you've even had the slightest hesitation or stall or anything I'd keep one around.

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Its easy to pass over any common part that could fail but I'll tell you one thing for sure, when the CPS gives up, thats it. Either call for a tow or install your spare. I have have one and wouldn't leave home without it.

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It's really worth it to carry an extra cps. For the guys that aren't, unless you sell before it happens it's going to get you sooner or later, and probably when you least expect it. Familiarize yourself with it's location, because soon you'll probably be getting very close to it....lol

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Yeah but what do you do when your truck dies, put the new CPS in and still dies???? Cant fit a whole new engine in the glove box. Sorry for being a smart azz but my truck has me mad. You might wanna carry a 10mm 6point socket and ratchet to get the CPS out and the new one in.
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Okey doke...new to the Powerstroke scene. Just bought a 2000. Looks like I'll go cam position sensor buying. So, what's the installation procedure? Is it one of those "turn it in until it bottoms against the cam surface, then back it out a half turn" deal?

Anyone know why they go bad so often? Is there a permanent fix to them?


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Okey doke...new to the Powerstroke scene. Just bought a 2000. Looks like I'll go cam position sensor buying. So, what's the installation procedure? Is it one of those "turn it in until it bottoms against the cam surface, then back it out a half turn" deal?

Anyone know why they go bad so often? Is there a permanent fix to them?


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it is very easy to replace, one bolt, weasle it out, and put it back in. no alignment or special procedure nessisary. look under the heading Tech Files in the main forum area and then click on 7.3 Tech files and then the cam sensor replacement thread, there is detailed instructions there......Marc
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Ha, yeah it better be easy as often as these babies want to go out.....

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Next questions:

1. Does Ford ever plan on fixing this problem? Or was their expectancy of life for the sensor much shorter than the consumer's was?

2. Does a particular brand of sensor last longer than others?

3. Are aftermarket sensors comparable to Ford parts?

4. Anyone know what's failing? Is it something within the component itself? Wiring? Connector? Mechanical? (like rubbing on the cam reluctor)
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I think if Ford was planning on fixing it, they would have done it by now. I mean the 7.3 has been extinct in the super duty's for over 3 years now.
I have no information on aftermarket sensors, but I did see somewhere that someone had a sensor that was supposed to outlast the factory one. Just can't remember where I saw it.

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