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Dodge Neon Camshaft Position Sensor

Q. Dear Mr. Vincent Ciulla: I use Yahoo searching for my question: camshaft sensor Dodge Neon. I found your web site is most helpful. I am studying at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. I have a 1995 Dodge Neon 2.0 liter engine. Everybody complain about Dodge Neon. I am one of them.

Dodge Neon Camshaft Position Sensor

Two months ago, the Check Engine Light came on and off a few times. I went to a garage. The mechanic told me the Camshaft Position Sensor was defective. It was better to change it. Being a student, I have to manage my money.

Starting from last week, the light came on and never went away. So I went to Dodge Dealer in Montreal and bought a Camshaft Position Sensor and the connector, the maker improved the sensor, so have to pay another $40.00 for the connector, and got the two parts changed.

I started the engine and the Check Engine Light went off. It is the first time I worked on my car. I am so glad. But I still have one question in my mind. After I took off the old Camshaft Position Sensor, there is some oil inside it. Is that normal? I have read a lot about bad experience of changing a Camshaft Position Sensor.

Would you please tell whether I have done right or I have to go a garage for checking up?

Thank you very much for your help!
With regards!
Chujian
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

A. The Check Engine Light (MIL) is off and the engine runs good? Then you did good. Be proud of yourself. As for the oil, there was a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) out on it.

NO.: 09-07-98
GROUP: Engine
DATE: Dec. 11, 1998

SUBJECT:
Oil Seepage At Camshaft Position Sensor/Misinterpreted Head Gasket Leak

MODELS:

  • 1995 - 1999 (JA) Cirrus/Stratus/Breeze
  • 1996 - 1999 (JX) Sebring Convertible (Export Market)
  • 1995 - 1999 (PL) Neon
  • 1997 - 1999 (GS) Caravan/Voyager (Export Market)
  • 1996 - 1999 (NS) Town & Country/Caravan/Voyager

NOTE: This information applies to models with a 2.0 liter SOHC or DOHC or a 2.4 liter engine.

DISCUSSION:
Whenever performing oil leak diagnosis on one of these models carefully inspect the Camshaft Position Sensor area to determine if the leak originates from the seal or from other sources. A leak in this area can be misinterpreted as a leaking head gasket. Additionally, whenever a head gasket is replaced, the cam seal should always be replaced to prevent the possibility of the vehicle returning with oil seepage.

POLICY: Information Only

You probably have a seeping camshaft oil seal. Keep an eye on it, if it gets any worse you will have to replace the seal. There is a new camshaft oil seal retainer, part number 5016733AA, that must be installed with the new camshaft oil seal.

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