How to Change the Camshaft Position Sensor for a 2004 Dodge Intrepidby Lee Sallings
You may have noticed the tell-tale signs of a failing camshaft position sensor while driving your 2004 Intrepid. The symptoms include a hesitation or stumble when accelerating from a light, and a P0340 diagnostic trouble code stored in the memory of the on-board computer. Replacing the failed camshaft position sensor is a snap. The average home mechanic should need only about 20 minutes to complete the repair project.
Disconnect the battery by removing the cable from the negative jump start post located under the hood on the driver's side of the engine compartment.
Pull the red colored lock from the wiring harness connector on the camshaft sensor located on the driver's side front of the engine, on the left side of the right timing cover.
Unplug the sensor, and remove the 10-mm retaining bolt using a 10-mm wrench. Rotate the sensor, while pulling it up, until it pops out of the timing cover.
Install the new sensor into the timing cover, and tighten the retaining bolt snugly. Plug the electrical connector back in and reinstall the red locking mechanism. Reconnect the negative battery cable to the negative jump starting post.
Plug a scan tool into the diagnostic connector located under the driver's side dash, and use it to reset the check engine light. Start the engine and test drive the car to verify that the symptoms are gone.
Things You'll Need
- Metric wrench set
- New camshaft position sensor
Lee Sallings is a freelance writer from Fort Worth, Texas. Specializing in website content and design for the automobile enthusiast, he also has many years of experience in the auto repair industry. He has written Web content for eHow, and designed the DIY-Auto-Repair.com website. He began his writing career developing and teaching automotive technical training programs.