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03-27-2010, 04:01 PM
I noticed I have what looks like a knock Sensor located very close to my starter motor. There is also another one below it a few inches. The one closest to my starter motor is not connected and the wire is just hanging . the color of the wires is RED&WHITE.
would this cause any kind of timing issue?

03-28-2010, 11:09 AM
What issue(s) are you currently experiencing ?

As far as timing, I think it's just a passive component. Crank & cam sensors might be examples of active components; though someone has said that an engine will run without a cam sensor.

Computer will operate normally unless it detects via knock sensor that there is a problem. Then it will retard timing to compensate.

Knock is *VERY* bad for engines so passive component or not, that should be fixed. It'll probably help save a lot of premature wear on your engine should you get a bad spat of gas.

03-29-2010, 06:45 AM
I assume you have a 1.9L engine. Very close to the base of the starter is the oil pressure switch. It turns on the oil pressure light. If you turn your key on and there's no oil pressure light then that's your problem. I may be wrong but I don't think there is a knock sensor on this engine.

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