Camshaft Sensor Magnet May Damage Synchronizers on Ford Ranger

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The magnet for the camshaft position sensor may fall out of its mount and damage the synchronizers. This causes long crank times when starting the engine and may cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. If this happens, both the magnets and the synchronizers need to be replaced.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 128,160 (78,000–220,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 4.0L V6
13 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
23 people reported this problem
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Replaced Sync and Sensor. No more squeak, but now 'Check
Engine Light' stays on. Never came on before.
Engine would crank, but wouldn't start. Intermittent condition for months. Engine ran ok if it did start. Replaced camshaft position sensor. No problems since!
Its not fixed yet. But having same cranking propblem of long time to crank. Also bulks on the roads
just started with problem 2 months ago was looking for problem found it when i read repports.
magnet in camshaft sensor came apart and ruined the shaft.
Had cam synchronizer replaced. 6 months later now have excessive sporadic starting issues. May be the magnet problem.
It will not pass smog due to the camshaft being out of adjustment