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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Bad camshaft sensor??

2010 Jeep Compass 4WD 200K miles. Granddaughter reports the car lurches when accelerating. Now it randomly loses power with the traction control and lightning bolt warning lights coming on. Her boyfriend's dad checked codes and said it indicated a bad camshaft sensor. The car drives fine until the random problems show up. From what I can tell from a google search the symptoms seem to match a bad camshaft sensor. Is there something else that should be looked at? The parts store only had one sensor so the easy one to access on the front was changed, but didn't resolve the issue. The one removed from the front will be reinstalled on the back since changing it didn't cure the problem. One YouTube video indicated a calibration procedure was required after changing the sensors but I can't find any other reference to a calibration requirement. Is there some action that has to be taken after replacing the sensors?
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The lightning bolt light is telling you that the electronic throttle body is bad.

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I changed my camshaft sensor which was quite easy to do with the help of youtube. Before replacing the sensor, I would first clean it and see if that solves the problem. My original camshaft sensor was full of oil but this was after 150K miles. If you do end up replacing your sensor ($15 part), there is nothing else to do but clear your obd tester. A really simple job. Good luck!

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It is the cam shaft sensor, these die on all vehicles eventually. Some can go as early as 100,000 miles depending on vehicle age. Even if you take it to a mechanic it shouldn't cost more than $250.
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