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How do I Fix a Crankshaft Sensor in a 1997 Dodge Ram 5.9?

by Cayden Conor

The crankshaft sensor on the 1997 Dodge Ram 5.9-liter engine sends a pulse signal to the powertrain control module (PCM), which tells the PCM the rpm of the engine (engine speed) and the position of the crankshaft. The 5.9-liter engine is a V8 and the crank sensor is located on the right side of the block, just above the oil pan. It is a black plastic part that is held onto the block with a metal bracket. The sensor and the bracket is one piece.

Step 1

Disconnect the wiring harness connector on the crankshaft sensor. Remove the nut that holds the bracket to the fuel rail-mounting stud.

Step 2

Unbolt the other bolt in the bracket, then remove the sensor and bracket from the engine.

Install the new sensor and tighten the bolts firmly. Do not over tighten the bolts, as you could damage the sensor. Plug in the wiring harness connector.

Items you will need

  • Set of sockets

About the Author

Cayden Conor has been writing since 1996. She has been published on several websites and in the winter 1996 issue of "QECE." Conor specializes in home and garden, dogs, legal, automotive and business subjects, with years of hands-on experience in these areas. She has an Associate of Science (paralegal) from Manchester Community College and studied computer science, criminology and education at University of Tampa.

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