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sprintagogo 11-28-2008 06:38 AM

CPS Crank Position Sensor failing?
OK, I have read a lot on this forum and that may or may not be a good thing :confused:

I returned to the Jeep, a 2000XJ with 4ltr and AW4, after it had been parked for over an hour. It fired up no problem then died after 2-3 seconds. I looked at the gauges and noticed no fuel which I knew was wrong so I fired it up again and, again it died after 2-3 secs. this time I noticed that actually, none of the gauges were reading! At this point a little light flickered on in my head and I thought CPS! All those countless hours reading irrelevent threads on Jeep Forum weren't for nothing after all. Gauges not working, starting problems, 2 of the commonly mentioned CPS symptoms? I then went under the jeep and moved all the wiring to the CPS (well, you never know) and this made no difference. I got out of the Jeep to dig the recovery club card out of my wallet and when I got back in to make the call I noticed the gauges had started reading again so I gave it a go and sure enough it fired and ran as if there hadn't been a problem.

My Jeep has run fine upto this point. I had the auto box out nearly 2 months ago which meant removing and refitting the CPS but still had no problems before or afterwards.

Help me out guys. Am I right in thinking this is probably the beginning of the end for my CPS or could there be other causes?

sprintagogo 11-28-2008 08:18 AM

A bit more info to add now.

Just been out for another drive and after about half a mile the airbag light came on then engine light and immobiliser light and odometer display went to 'no bus' so I guess even more proof of CPS failure? Oh and nearly forgot gauges worked except for speedo and rev counter.

Any comments/ideas?

CJ7-Tim 11-28-2008 08:28 AM

CPS would seem to be the main suspect.

The most likely cause of it cranks and cranks but won't start up is the Crankshaft Position Sensor (CPS) located on the transmission bell housing. Often this part is also referred to as the CranKshaft Position Sensor (CKP) CPS/CKP failure is very common. The CPS/CKP can stop working with no warning or symptoms and the engine will not run or the engine may randomly stall for no apparent reason.

Crank Position Sensors can have intermittent “thermal failure”. This means that the CPS/CKP fails when engine gets hot, but works again when it cools back down.

- Starter cranks and cranks but engine won't start up
- Fuel gauge and voltage gauges may not work or display properly.
- You sometimes will have No Bus on the odometer after 30-60 seconds.
- A failed CPS/CKP may or may not throw a CEL trouble code.
- No spark at the spark plugs.
- Fuel pump should run and prime for 3-5 seconds.

If the CPS/CKP is failed sometimes the OBD-II code reader cannot make a connection to the computer or cannot read Check Engine Light/MIL codes because the CPS/CKP has failed.

Diagnostic steps to confirm the CPS is the cause of your no-start

You should be able to verify a bad cps, by unplugging it, and turning the ignition key to on. If the voltage gauge and/or the fuel gauge now displays correctly, replace the CPS.

Unplugging and reconnecting the CPS sensor where it connect to the main harness near the back of the intake manifold usually resets the ECU and if the jeep fires right up after doing this you can bet that the CPS is faulty and needs to be replaced.

Exchange the fuel pump relay and the ASD relay with one of the other similar ones in the PDC to eliminate the relays as the cause of the no-start Confirm that the fuel pump to runs for 3-5 seconds when you turn the ignition key to ON.

Eliminate the NSS as a cause of no start. Wiggle the shift lever at the same time you try to start. Put the transmission in Neutral and do the same. Do the reverse lights come on when the shifter is in Reverse?

Inspect the wires and wire connectors at the O2 sensors on the exhausts pipe. A short circuit from melted insulation or from broken O2 sensor wires can blow a fuse and the ECU/ECM will loose communication.

Begin with basic trouble shooting of the start and charge systems. Remove, clean, and firmly reconnect all the wires and cables to the battery, starter, and alternator. Look for corroded or damaged cables and replace as needed. Do the same for the grounding wires from the battery and engine to the Cherokee's frame/body. Jeeps do not tolerate low voltage or poor grounds and the ECM/ECU will behave oddly until you remedy this.

CPS Testing

Crankshaft Position Sensor Connector (CPS/CKP)

TESTING PROCEDURE 1991 – 2001 4.0L H.O. engines
1. Near the rear of intake manifold, disconnect sensor pigtail harness connector from main wiring harness.
2. Place an ohmmeter across terminals B and C (See Image). Ohmmeter should be set to the 10K-or-2OK scale for this test.
3. The meter reading should be open (infinite resistance). Replace sensor if a low resistance is indicated.

TESTING PROCEDURE for 1987 – 1990 4.0 L engines

Test # 1 - Get a volt/ohm meter and set it to read 0 - 500 ohms. Unplug the CPS and measure across the CPS connector's A & B leads. Your meter should show a CPS resistance of between 125 - 275 ohms. If the CPS is out of that range by much, replace it.

Test # 2 - You'll need a helper for this one. Set the volt/ohm meter to read 0 - 5 AC volts or the closest AC Volts scale your meter has to this range. Measure across the CPS leads for voltage generated as your helper cranks the engine. (The engine can't fire up without the CPS connected but watch for moving parts just the same!) The meter should show .5 - .8 VAC when cranking. (That's between 1/2 and 1 volt AC.) If it's below .5vac, replace it.

The 2000 and 2001 will have the CPS in the same location on the bell housing, but the wire connector may be on the passenger side, near or on top of the Transfer case, not as shown in the diagram below. Simply follow the wire from the sensor to the connector.


sprintagogo 12-01-2008 06:39 PM


Originally Posted by CJ7-Tim (Post 6079423)
CPS would seem to be the main suspect.

The most likely cause of it cranks and cranks but won't start up is the Crank Position Sensor (CPS). CPS failure is very common. The CPS can stop working with no warning or symptoms and the motor will not run.

That comment right there leads me to think maybe it isn't the CPS. My reasoning is that it isn't hard to start and runs perfectly, even during the 'funny turns'. The only physical problem besides dash lights and gauges going crazy is that it will fire up easily but then stop 2 seconds later. I can let it idle or rev the nuts off in that 2 seconds but the end result is the same, it dies.

Someone on a UK forum suggested ignition switch might be the problem?

On Friday when this all started, once I got it home safely I messed around stopping and starting the engine (or attempting to start depending on what mood it was in!) and at one point I got the impression that if I pushed the key into the ignition a bit harder and gave it a waggle then the dash/dial problems changed. Maybe this means the ignition is the problem but I couldn't be sure it wasn't just a co-incidence. The vehicle actually drives perfectly when all the dash is going doolally, it just won't keep running if I attempt to start it during a funny turn. Could it do this with a misbehaving ignition switch or CPS?

I have been out in it tonight and done a few errands and it ran without a hitch. I stopped a few times and it always fired up without a problem but I am sure that whatever the problem is it will resurface at some point!

Money is a bit tight at the moment so I don't really want to start replacing components unless It is a definite cause. Any Ideas? In the meantime I will do the Ohmeter check on the CPS as soon as I get chance.

CJ7-Tim 12-01-2008 07:09 PM

Symptoms -

Fuel gauge and voltage gauge may not work or display properly.

When it is misbehaving, does the starter engage giving you cranks and cranks but no start, or does it not engage the starter at all ?

sprintagogo 12-01-2008 07:36 PM


Originally Posted by CJ7-Tim (Post 6097251)
Symptoms -

Fuel gauge and voltage gauge may not work or display properly.

When it is misbehaving, does the starter engage giving you cranks and cranks but no start, or does it not engage the starter at all ?

This is why it is so confusing. I have had the "no bus" message and have had loss of gauges (Oil/Temp/Fuel/Volts or Speedo/rev counter but I don't think both lots at once?????). When it is missbehaving it will still crank fine and start perfectly but then it cuts out 2 seconds later????

Rather than speculating I need to do the ohmeter test on the CPS. Is your testing method conclusive or indicative?

johnsoninc86 12-02-2008 07:47 AM

you need to pull apart your dash, and pull your gauge cluster. The connections on the back of the gauge cluster have gotten corroded and need to be cleaned, and possibly even tightened. Its free, and it only takes about half an hour. By "tightening" I mean bending the little prongs on the two electrical plugs so that they grip the gauge cluster plugs tighter, making a more secure connection. Combine that with some dielectric grease and you should be in business. Reassemble everything and see if this solved the problem.

From all of your symptoms, it doesn't really sound like an obvious CPS problem. The airbag light problem and the "no bus" code is very very common to the dirty plugs on the back of the gauge cluster. Give that a try and report back and let us know if it fixed it. All you need is a phillips head screwdriver and a pick of some sort to pry the little prongs out. It's almost like you have a couple different problems surfacing at once here.

jetdriver4000 05-20-2009 02:40 PM

2001 XJ Crankshaft Position Sensor Failure
Thanks to CJ7-Tim for the post on 11/28/08 on CPS Testing. My 2001 XJ with 101K miles stopped dead while driving two days ago. Backed out of a parking space, put it in drive, applied the gas and within seconds the engine just quit. After this cranked but would not start. Displayed Check Engine Light and "no bus" on the odometer. Did not notice other indications at that time.

Got a ride home. Searched the net. Came up with this thread. Returned to the Jeep the next day with a meter, a 1/4" socket set, an 11mm box end, a few extra extensions and a flashlight. Put the key in the ignition and switched on. Noticed the Volt Gauge and the Fuel Gauge inoperative. Located the CPS and disconnected the connector. Turned the key again and the Volts Gauge and Fuel Gauge operated. Checked the connector with the ohmeter but found open on all connections. This took about a half hour.

Called the parts store, located a new CPS (paid $120 at Bumper to Bumper).
Used the box end to loosen the top bolt and the 1/4" drive 7/16" socket to loosen the bottom. After bolts were loose used a 1/4" drive 7/16" sockect with a 6 inch extension to remove the bolts the rest of the way.

Installed the new CPS. Installed and started the bolts with my fingers, ran finger tight with the socket and extension and then tightened the bolts (box end on top, socket on bottom). I spent no more than an hour on the removal and installation. Put the key in the ignition and the Jeep started right up and works just as before.

My initial response when the Jeep started was "Thank God for the internet." Thanks to those of you who take the time to post. My friends who watched me mechanicing in the parking lot at work think I'm a genius.

99Greenmachine 05-20-2009 02:46 PM

It is very easy to check the CPS...just unplug it and check it w/ the meter...easy to rule out if it passes.

I was having starting issues about a month ago and I tested my CPS and it turned out ok after all...

Def sounds like CPS tho...

XJride231 07-03-2009 06:25 PM

i'm having a similar issue where my XJ shuts off after long, hard mountain drives. It stalls out, full tank of gas. Fuel pump primes after death, cranks and cranks but won't start for about an hour until it cools down. Also, "no Bus" will read while driving, killing the tach and speedo.

About testing: Won't a failing CPS register good if it works, despite the fact that it fails on me long into my drives and it gets too hot? Once it is dead for good, it will test negative.

I guess I need to go ahead and swap in a new CPS before I can further troubleshoot this issue.

CJ7-Tim 07-03-2009 08:14 PM

If the Jeep has No-Bus and the engine runs, you have a instrument cluster issue. If you have No-Bus and the engine does not run, suspect the CPS.

Crank Position Sensors can have intermittent “thermal failure”. This means that the CPS/CKP fails when engine gets hot, but works again (and will test as "good") when it cools back down.

sprintagogo 07-04-2009 12:43 AM

Glad this thread has come up again because it reminded me that mine is still running flawlessly around six months later. It appears to have fixed itself?

jdcountryboy91 07-04-2009 07:46 AM

Mine did the same thing. Driving down the road and all the guages would randomly go to nothing and the airbag light would come on. A few months after this started happening my jeep just wouldnt crank one day. Sure enough, it was that CPS.

driverdave 07-04-2009 08:01 AM

When my CPS went it just went no warning signs at all and just happened to die in front of my house after coming back from MD camping trip 12 hr drive, only gauge that didnt work was the temp, well it worked but would go to the red when cold and drop as it warmed up at 220 deg it was reading like it was just started.

rret 12-10-2009 10:10 AM

my CPS measurements
Using the diagram above BUT reversing pins A and C. In other words i looked at the connector upside down versus what is shown in the diagram above, like this:


I found-

brand new BWD brand CPS, from AAParts ($40):

A to C, 6.9 M ohms
A to B, 6.9 M ohms
B to C, (3.6 to 4.0) k ohms

my bad CPS:
A to C, infinite (ok)
A to B, 8.0 (eight!) ohms (very bad!)
B to C, infinite (very bad!)

put in the new BWD and it started right up! btw, all measurement done with parts sitting on the bench

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