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Old 05/10/2011, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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car won't start, code points to crankshaft position sensor

I have an 01 Spyder Eclipse thus that is not starting. First, the battery dies from me leaving the doors unlocked (cabin light left on). After several attempts to jump the car with cables, I decided to just replace the battery. This did not start the car either. I then removed the starter and tested it at my local parts store where it worked fine. With the starter in my car, starting it only produces a single click.

I recently used an OBD 2 codereader, with the starter out, and it read only one code (P0335) which points to the crankshaft position sensor. Getting to the sensor is a little bit of work with taking off the serpentine belt and power steering pump, etc so I would like to double check that it could be this problem.

My only issue is that how come only when the battery died, did the sensor (or some other issue) become faulty or was it merely just a coincidence?

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Old 05/10/2011, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do you just get a single click or does it turn over but not start? When the CPS went out on my 95 Stratus, the car would crank, but not start.
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Coincidence most likely. I've had that happen as well. That will happen when you keep trying to crank it. The culprit is probably alternator related.
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All it gave (if anything) was a single click.... but thanks finesse49ers, I am going to see whether testing the alternator would be less time-consuming than going for the sensor. I probably should just get in there and replace water pump, serpentine belt and check the timing belt while I'm at it!
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Old 05/10/2011, 12:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Did any check engine light come on? If so, your main cause could be the sensor because you was able to pull a code which means that your problem is electornically related. Check all of your connectors and connections of the sensors and wires along the harness before preceeding forward. If all of your connections are bad then its more then likely that the CPS was overloaded and became faulty. You found the problem when doing the diagnostic test and pulling the code.
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Don't mean to hijack and bump an almost 2 month old thread, but I am having the same problem. I've replaced the CPS, car still has a hard time starting (car does crank, takes a bit of effort to get it to start). Now I know finesse49ers said it could be the alternator (haven't replaced ever since I've owned the car), which makes me lead to something that may be a bit off-topic. My temp gauge raises when I turn on headlights, turn up the volume on my car stereo, turn signal. Could all of this lead to a bad alternator?

Note: Replaced the battery about a year ago, also replaced the starter last month.
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same problem just a single click when i try to start it, if you hold it a buzzing sound comes from the starter. any help?
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i have an 01 spyder gt and my car died on me one day and wouldnt start but would crank...i later found out my cps wire got snipped from rubbing on my timing belt. i fixed the wire and it started right up
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Ericsmiller88 were is that wire located in having the same problem
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Re: car won't start, code points to crankshaft position sensor

timing, belt slip...
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Re: car won't start, code points to crankshaft position sensor

has anyone double checked their timing marks?
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