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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-21-2007, 08:19 AM
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Dealer service writers typically don’t tell me, "Greetings kind sir, in order to perform the necessary repairs we’ll *NEED* to replace related parts, unrelated parts, paint your house, wash your dog, and spend quality time with your daughter." Service writers have told me they *recommend* assorted needless services, but not what this guy is describing.

Think about what the guy's mechanic said during his break between Kia oil changes. His wrench just told him he *HAS* to change the cam position sensor, AND the crankshaft position sensor, AND he's not guaranteeing either or both of these services fix the car. That's classic. I've seen the results of this type of carpet bombing. Someone who has never seen this type of car, does a lousy job installing unrelated generic parts that were manufactured in a third world republic. If this ill trained, independent, graduate of the "Pep Boys institute for car repair" follows form, after he's done throwing those parts at the car, he'll find more parts to throw at it until something sticks or the owner runs out of money.

That's a different arrangement than I have with my service writer. Unless it's free, I go to a dealer because they have expertise in a certain area. That expertise should be able to discern which of the two electrical parts have failed. I don't know Johnhef, but he sounds like a competent wrench. Johnhef posted "typically for this situation it's 1hr diagnosis and I think the sensor is an additional .6 to replace." The one hour of diagnostics is the expertise that confirms the two parts didn't coincidentally fail at the same time.

As always, this is just one man's opinion. If your dealer tells you the rear sunshade makes a funny nosie because the engine's mass airflow sensor is faulty, the cross bolts in the crankshafts main caps are stretched, and the power steering fluid filter need replacing, I'm sure he knows best.
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the stealership in my city wanted $228.00 to fix mine. So I found an indy and got it done for $120.00. some here say that's still too much for that part and install, but I was desperate at the time. now I know how to do it, next time, I'll order it and do it myself.
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after re-reading the first post I see it was a CAM and not CRANK sensor like I had thought it said, oops on me

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