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Old 01-30-2011, 05:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default P0342 Camshaft Position Sensor - where is it?

He guys, I'm wrenching on my GF's 04 Foreignza which is throwing a code for the CPS. Where is it located and what do I need to do to replace it?

Also, do these cars having timing chains or timing belts? My 00 Jeep Cherokee was tossing codes for the cam and crank sensors but it just needed the cam sensor reindexed. (Apparently it's possible for the timing chain to stretch more than the computer can compensate for things and it gets to a point where you have to find TDC, zero out the timing and line up two holes in the CPS and the housing it sits in.)

Any help you guys can offer would appreciated. I'm thinking we're at a point with this car where I'll be here fairly regularly.
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Old 01-30-2011, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I do not where the CPS is but this car has a timing belt.
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How many miles is a timing belt good for? Can the timing belt stretch and cause a false camshaft sensor code?
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they say to change the timing belt at 60,000. i dont think the belt can stretch and cause a code i believe it has an auto tensioner. the cps is located on the top passenger side of the valve cover in between the cam gears. heres a link to a manual.
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Thank you for the info and especially for the link!
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sure no problem. good luck
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IIRC the manual says that you need to remove the whole timing cover to replace that sensor.

I found someone that detailed the procedure on his blog to do it without too much work: Carfix: 2004 Suzuki Forenza check engine light code P0342

I was able to do mine via the engine support hole in the cover. You need a special socket to do this...
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awesome link took 30 minutes n i just used a 6 or 7 mm socket for that bolt saved me lotsa $. some places wanted 109 to 200$ for the sensor but i got it from the chev dealer for 70
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