Camshaft Position Sensor
What is the Camshaft Position Sensor all about?
The camshaft position sensor monitors the position of the camshaft and reports that data to the car’s onboard computer system. This computer system works with sensors and other devices to keep the engine running. With data from the camshaft position sensor (CPS), the fuel injectors know when to fire. When the sensor malfunctions, the computer does not know when to fire the injectors and may not fire them at all. The faulty readouts may also throw off spark timing, which will affect the car’s fuel economy. This sensor is used in conjunction with the crankshaft position sensor to control ignition timing. It is common for heat and oil leaks to cause this sensor to fail, due to where the sensor is located.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Camshaft Position Sensor?
- Car stalls or does not start.
- Car struggles to accelerate (does not maintain speed).
- Check Engine light is on.
- Car misfires.
- Car stumbles or sputters on startup.
- Car runs poorly or runs rough.
How important is this service?
The camshaft position sensor provides valuable information about the camshaft position to the computer management system. The computer system uses the information from the position sensor to determine when to inject more fuel. Without the sensor’s information,
the computer won’t inject fuel properly, and your vehicle will stall or sputter.