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1991 Buick Regal Question: why does this 91 Buick Regal keep blowing crank sensors

 

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Laura54321, 3.8L V6, Ava, MO, August 25, 2012, 06:34
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We have replaced the ignition and the crank sensor. This is the 5th crank sensor put in this car in last few months

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    ziptie12 August 25, 2012, 08:03
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    First two questions- 1;Who is diagnosing? 2;where are the replacement crank sensors from?-discount parts store or OEM from dealer?

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    Laura54321, August 25, 2012, 09:33
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    My husband has a machine and the parts are from OReily's . This fixes the problem every time, but it keeps blowing them

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    ziptie12, August 25, 2012, 13:22
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    Saw your other replies, glad the problem was found!

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    Laura54321, August 25, 2012, 13:55
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    Thats what they thought it was Now it wont start at all

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    pushrod August 25, 2012, 08:38
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    Have mechanic check reluctor @ sensor. Surely this has been checked but may
    mention it anyway. Are you being charged for each part?

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    Laura54321, August 25, 2012, 09:36
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    They have been under warranty. What exactly is the reluctor?

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    pushrod, August 25, 2012, 10:01
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    The reluctor ring is what signals crank sensor does any of the sensors have any
    markings on them like something has contacted them? Look at the end of the magnet.

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    Laura54321, August 25, 2012, 10:10
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    Thanks it was a short

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    MShaw August 25, 2012, 10:03
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    I'm not sure what you mean by "blowing", other than they electrically short & no longer work. If so, check the harness running down to the sensor that lies against the engine timing cover & where it makes its exit out of the main engine harness for broken wiring insulation. It sounds like you have a 'short to ground' or 'short to power', basically wires touching things they shouldn't. Also inspect the connector itself for broken insulators & bent contacts. Find where its touching, and wrap it up with elec tape, & you'll prob have solved your issue. If these things are atually getting damaged on the end where the pick-up is located, you have a problem that may only be fixed by replacing your crankshaft pulley assy (it has a steel ring on the inside that may be damaged).

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    Laura54321, August 25, 2012, 10:10
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    Thanks all it was a short.

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