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post #61 of 63 Old 10-11-2015, 04:33 PM
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Xj CPS Sensor

I had the similar starting issues. Then I changed out the CPS with one from NAPA. One week later the jeep would crank, start and run for 2-3 seconds and die. Checked fuel, and wire connections. Then I got desperate. I wiped off the original CPS sensor that I didn't throw away and installed. Runs great now. FYI only buy Mopar/Jeep sensors! Others don't seem to have good quality control and fail.

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post #62 of 63 Old 01-24-2016, 08:52 PM
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Solved!! (I know this is an old thread but the following might be helpful)

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Had the same problems (CPS and CPK Codes) rough idle or no start. Read posts, here and other forums. Was going to re-replace (distributor style) Cam Position sensor but decided to grab hold of the tone spinny thingy that the sensor senses. (Don’t do this while it’s spinning). I thought to myself “Hmmm that’s odd…. this spinny thing rotates freely. This is supposed to be, directly, geared to the oil pump / crankshaft” I then decided to pull it out….”Clink clank clunk” The small gear that was on the Cam position sensor shaft dropped into the oil pan.

The spring pin that holds the gear to the Cam position sensor shaft had sheared off. Once I got the gear out of the oil pan and replaced the whole assembly the engine worked fine.

The intermittent nature was due to friction between the shaft and gear that allowed the shaft to spin and give an intermittent signal to the CPS.

Hope this helps.
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post #63 of 63 Old 07-01-2016, 05:07 PM
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Working on my brother's 1990XJ.

I believe my Crank Position Sensor or Cam Shaft Sensor is faulty. Bought and replaced the CPS (I believe I did that properly) with a NAPA part, but the jeep still will not start. I want to confirm that the new CPS is indeed faulty.

Here is CJ7-Tim's comprehensive list of symptoms and ones that I am specifically seeing.

- Starter cranks and cranks but engine won't start up [Correct.]
- Fuel gauge and voltage gauges may not work or display properly. [Fuel gauge does not move when key turned to on with either CPS connected or disconnected / Voltage moves to ~11 when key turned on with both CPS connected and disconnected]
- You sometimes will have No Bus on the odometer after 30-60 seconds. [Not seen]
- A failed CPS/CKP may or may not throw a CEL trouble code. [CEL = Check Engine Light, yes? I have seen the car running and it does not show after 60 seconds of key in on position.]
- No spark at the spark plugs. [Correct.]
- Fuel pump should run and prime for 3-5 seconds. [I believe so. I hear something move in the engine after key position turned to on, and smell gas if key is turned on and off 4-6 times.]

This fills enough of the conditions for me to think it's the CPS. But I replaced that... so, I want to verify the replacement CPS is good or bad before I move on to replacing the Cam Shaft Sensor.

Following CJ7-Tim's diagnostic steps, I get hung up on

"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..."

I found the relays, but I'm fuzzy on the specifics of swapping them with "similar ones". Does this mean I unplug the ASD relay and swap it with... what? My options are AUX FAN, FUEL PUMP, ABS PUMP (which is missing), A/C, STARTER, ABS SYSTEM (missing). Can I swap the ASD (Auto ShutDown, yes?) with any of these others to test the ASD and then Fuel Pump?

Thank you in advance for the questions. I'll be back with more later.
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