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    Replaced Camshaft Sensor & Brake Light Switch

    I was losing power when starting out after a 5-10 minute stop; gas fill-up, run into the local DD for a coffee (excuse me a latte) and the ABS light would flash. Coming off the accelerator for a second would allow everything to come back together and the power returned. I read the codes with my Peake R5/FCX code reader/reset tool and found 2 faults. Using Code Table 19 I received error codes:

    27 - "BLS/BTS plausibility"
    Indicates a fault in the brake light switch / cruise control disengagement switch (one switch controls both). I replaced the switch in about 30 minutes.

    12 - "Exhaust camshaft position sensor"
    Indicates a faulty exhaust camshaft position sensor. I replaced the sensor in about 10 minutes.

    Both parts were purchased online from RM European Auto Parts. They carried original BMW branded and other options for each part. I choose the Febi Bilstien manufactured exhaust camshaft position sensor for $42 rather than the BMW branded $111 part.

    By the way, this is my second sensor replacement. First one 2 years ago at 60k miles (Bavarian Auto Parts/noname $42) and now at 81k miles. Now Bavauto only carries an OEM BMW sensor for $117, same price as dealer.

    So, I reset the codes using the Peake tool and went for a ride. There was a significant difference in acceleration. The engine was very responsive as I'm sure as the exhaust camshaft position sensor was going bad the performance dropped off a little at a time.

    Back at home I checked for codes, there were none.

    Happy Motoring.



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    Why BavAuto carries only OEM


    BavAuto bought a container load of Chinese-made sensors and nearly all of them were bad.

    I got three in a row. Talk about frustration!

    They made good on it and sent me an OEM dealer part.

    That must have cost them a lot of money, not to mention customer goodwill.

    I still do business with them, but that experience drive me to try Pelicanparts, ECS tuning and SoCalMotorspots, who are all excellent suppliers as well. BavAuto is generally more expensive, but can be cheaper on some select parts.

    Some aftermarket parts are good quality, some not. If you are doing DIY, it pays to get good quality parts, as it gets VERY FRUSTRATING when trying to repair a car and parts are bad out of the box ("It can't be the sensor, I just replaced that!")

    One problem with these cars is they are reaching the age where a lot of OEM parts are NLA or will shortly be so. I've seen this happen to other marques and it gets messy when you can't get good replacement parts. Oxygen sensors for the 2.8 for example - I haven't seen a Bosche part in a long time. The Japanese ones are OK, fortunately.

    In my mind price is secondary to quality. Since I'm saving hundreds on labor, I don't mind paying $50 for a better part.

    Glad it worked out for you!

    Here are some pix of the job on one of my 2.8's.

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    good writeup, one picture question...

    Where is the actual sensor in that picture? All I could see were black hoses, wires, belts, etc. I know you said it was hard to get out of there (using three hands, etc) but I was just curious. It's not something I'm doing anytime soon (knocking on wood as I type this) but I was looking for a little more insight for future reference.

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    Sensor location


    On the 2.8 engine, the sensor is right up front, underneath the VANOS actuator, which has to be removed. It is a black cylindrical thing with a wire coming out of it. See the photo labeled "Step eight"

    The camshaft and crankshaft sensors have the same style plug, but they smartly made the polarity reversed, so it is physically impossible to confuse the two.

    The wire plugs, however, are under the intake and hard to find at first. You have to cut a wire tie to unplug it. Small hands help, if you have three hands, it would be best. There is a green water tight gasket that tends to fall out, and if not re-installed, can cause problems down the road, according to one TSB.

    After doing the job four times (!) I got pretty good at it...

    Bav Auto learned their lesson about cheap aftermarket parts, I think, after their bad experience, and that is why they sell the OEM part now. The OP got better service life out of the "no-name" sensor than I did. All of mine were dead in the box.

    On the Cape May Ferry...

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    Nice pic! When did you take the ferry?



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    What, are you a ferry freak or sumptin?



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