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Old 11-12-2016, 12:44 AM   #1
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cam sensor connector wiring diagram

I swapped an 08 2.0 duratec into my 06 zx3. the cam sensor connector from my 06 is a 2 wire, but the 08 is a 3 wire. I think there is only a ground wire that was added to plug for the 08, but I just need to see if I can wire the 3 wire connector in so that I can use the 08 cam sensor. Anyone have a wiring diagram?


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Edit - See post #6

Go ahead & use the '08 sensor - in an '08 car.

Mismatched parts like that have to be swapped to one that fits the car you own, not the one for the car the engine came out of.

To do that the official way you should have a new sensor, because the alignment tool is only avail. with a new sensor. You also have to locate the engine to it's timing position before installing it.

TDC #1, (1 or 4 will work for this purpose ONLY) and officially the timing pin should be used (timing tool, part of timing tool kit). There's another tool you make yourself which is the essential one for this job - a bolt that fits through the crank pulley hole and into the timing cover hole for it to hold the pulley in position.

IF you eyeball & measure the current location VERY well, you MAY be able to swap the correct sensor onto that engine and actually have it run. BOTH horizontal and vertical positions are critical, distance from the reluctor wheel and correct match to the key notch in that wheel.
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He seems to be talking cam rather than crank sensor here.............

Need to use the same sensor type the used PCM wants, you cannot swap 2 wire and 3 wire sensors, they work differently (at least to PCM) and not as simple as 'just a ground'.

3 wire is Hall effect and uses external power. 2 wire is mag impulse and uses NO power, it creates its' own. 3 wire has a transistor inside, 2 wire has none. 3 wire is power, ground and output. 2 wire technically BOTH wires are outputs.

The 3 wire sensor is not compatible with a 2 wire expecting PCM.
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Dont worry with it the cam sensor doesnt even need to be hooked up and it will run fine

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Maybe being a duratec, it has separate coils to be able to tell the correct TDC.

Gotta wonder then why they spend money to put them on the cars.

I wondered as well back on the old Tempo, they added a cam sensor, the year before had none at all. Problem being it still had a distributor so PCM could easily tell the correct TDC, again, without that added sensor. So why did they add it?
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Whoops, think I read that as crank sensor and responded accordingly.

Revised is similar to the initial portion though, swap to the one that matches the wiring/PCM in the current car.
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ok, so just to clarify... my car is an 06, and it has the 06 pcm and wiring. The new engine is an 08. I had no idea that they had different cam sensors. I pilled the valve cover an noticed the difference in the cam markers that the sensor reads. I simply unplugged the sensor, and the car still starts and runs fine. I'm just wondering what the cam sensor is supposed to do if the car will run fine without it.
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Main function is to identify which cylinder is firing when, lets DTC's identify issues by cylinder.

No sequential spark or fuel by that time so it doesn't matter as much.

Don't remember reluctor styles offhand for those years, do remember people doing swaps or modifications to make one match a different year. (Cam markers you mentioned)
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