How to Remove a 6.0 Diesel Crankshaft Sensor

by Russell Wood

The 6.0l diesel engine is found in a Ford with the Powerstroke diesel engine. The crankshaft position sensor (also known as a CKP sensor) found in a 6.0l diesel engine is responsible for telling the engine computer what position the crankshaft is in. This ensures that the timing of the engine is correct and that everything is running together properly. If the sensor goes out, then the check engine light will come up and the vehicle won't run properly. To fix the problem, you must remove and replace the sensor.

Place the transmission of the truck into neutral. Lift the truck with the jack and set it down on jack stands placed underneath the frame at all four corners of the vehicle.

Locate the CKP sensor on the passenger side of the engine block, right by the pulley at the front of the engine. Unbolt the studs securing the positive and negative cables to the block using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

Unplug the sensor wiring harness using your hands. Unbolt the sensor from the engine block using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Pull the sensor out of the engine block as well as the o-ring underneath.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.