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Old 06-16-2005, 11:50 AM
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4.2L Cam Sensor Synchronization

If you have ever had to remove your cam position sensor, drive, timing cover etc...on your 3.8l, 4.2l etc. and didn't want to buy the special little tool that they make just for this, then this little tip is for you!

After having had to do this myself, and not having found much information - on the web or from any books etc... -A friend of mine found this procdure in the "Identifix update" Jan-Feb 2004 edition. It actually refers to a windstar with a 3.8L, but he swears that it will work with most OBD-II Ford products with Hall-effect type cam sensors. I used it on my 4.2L and it worked out just fine.


1. Bring the engine up to top dead center (TDC) of the compression stroke for cylider #1.

2. The engine needs to be positioned at 26 degrees AFTER TDC. There will often be a large grove machined into the balancer at this point. If not, mark the balancer by measuring from TDC to 26 degrees BEFORE top dead center. Take that measurement and make your own mark at 26 degrees AFTER top dead center (TDC)

3. Drop in the synchronizer so that the leading edge of the vane is very close to the center of the opening of the housing (this is directly below the actual sensing part of the cam sensor)

4. Leaving the synchronizer loose, install the cam sensor and connect a voltmeter from ground to the DARK BLUE/ORANGE wire with the sensor plugged in.

5. With the key on, the voltmeter should read either '0 volts' or 'battery voltage'.

6. Turn the synchronizer back and forth to find the point where the voltage is just switching from '0 volts' to 'battery voltage'.

7. Once you find that point, tighten down the hold-down bolt.

If anybody would like the entire article, let me know.
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Old 06-19-2005, 06:07 PM
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Oh, I found out something to go along with this, in the step where is says the DARK BLUE / ORANGE wire, it may NOT be that color, mine was GREEN, anyway, I think it shoudl be the center wire of the three
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Old 08-04-2005, 12:23 PM
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26 degrees?

I changed my cam position sensor about a year ago and don't remember if I adjusted 26 deg. from top dead center.
What would happen if I did not make this adjustment and put the assembly in the truck?
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Kurt
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Old 08-05-2005, 04:50 PM
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If the crank/cam are not in the right position my guess is the fuel injector timing will be off. This can damage the engine, so says the Haynes/Chiltons.

Steve
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Old 08-10-2005, 12:45 PM
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OK, thank you.
I did this about a year ago and cannot remember performing the 26 deg. adjustment. Truck is still running OK.
Must have made the adjustment
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Old 08-11-2005, 09:09 PM
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OR, you could just remove the balancer first, so as not to rotate the engine, then take a cold chisel and stake the bottom of the synchro and the cover to locate that, then remove the black sensor on top of the synchro, and put a reference mark so you know where it will line up, then remove the sensor. This works for timing cover removal and reinstall. Replacing the synchro works a lot the same way, however the stake won't do anything for you. As long as you don't rotate the engine, and line up the inner hall effect wheel the same as the old(have to mark the old one) and the connector doesn't interfere with anything, it's ok. Yes, this does time the fuel injectors to number one cylinder. They will still run, but will have some effects.

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Old 06-05-2007, 09:24 PM
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Hi - can I have the entire article as you were offering?
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Old 02-14-2009, 09:53 PM
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Ahah, found this article again.

Question: I want to install my CPS in my engine block while it is still on my engine stand.

Can I hook up a 12V battery to it to perform the volt meter test?

If so, to which wires do I hook up the 12V?

Steve
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What is a CPS?
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:40 AM
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