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Hello, my wife has a:
95 escort lx
1.9l sohc
Automatic trans

A few days ago she noticed the CEL come on for a few seconds then turn off again, then the day after that it went on the didn't go off till she put on the A/C (unrelated i think), then yesterday the light came on and would not turn off, snd she noticed a bit of spudder when driving and the car stalled once at a light.

The spuder happens whith the enigne cold and warmed up, there isn't a pattern to it. it does smell like the gas is not being completely burned. seems kind of like the ignition timeing is off.

I checked the codes that stored in the system. It has code 214 (reading from actron code scanner) stored in the ECM on a KOEO test (Cylinder Identification (CID) sensor - circuit failure.). Nothing on a KOER test.

From what i know the CID is the Camshaft Position Sensor. I tried to find some diags for it but my search brought up nothing. I know it should be .1vdc higher on an open throttle but thats about it. the readings i got were all over the map. At idle it ranges from .099 down to .070, at low idle it drops down to .014. At open throttle it goes up to .200. SO the .1vdc difference it there, but i'm not sure if the other values are within normal operating standards. the voltages contantly change, it never stays in the same place.

the system was fixed about 5 months ago for a Vac leak, and the symptoms don't seem the same as we had at that point.

Could the Camshaft Position Sensor be bad?
Or could it be something else?
Crankshaft sensor? Plugs/wires? Timeing belt?

I need to get the car fixed before tuesday.
any help would be much appreciated!!!
 

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You're on the right track.

I'm certain you need to replace your camshaft position sensor. If the thing fails completely (no power to it or completely shorted out or no ground), your car will still run fine if your timing is set correctly and your crankshaft position sensor is okay (by the way, your problem cannot be your crankshaft sensor).

Your camshaft sensor has not failed completely. It is likely developing an internal short, thus confusing your poor little computer.

I'm not sure how much they cost, but by poor design, you cannot remove yours without removing the intake manifold. What should be a 10 minute job is going to cost you more than you deserve and take considerably more time.

Good luck.
 

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Thats what i was afraid of.... taking off the intake manifold is a pain in the a**. oh well...

I actually got the damn things off yesterday, i also noticed a big leak between cylinders 2 and 3. that may have also been causing the problems. today i go buy a few more parts and put the car back together. Then we shall see if replacing the CID and fixing the leak will do it.
 
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