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Old 07-25-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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Hard Start and Crank Position Sensor

Hey Guys,

I tried doing a search for this but only found info on the 4.0.

My wife has a 97 TJ 2.5L and it's having some trouble starting in the morning. Nothing too insane, takes about 6-8 seconds of cranking before it catches. Then it will idle fine for about 30-45 seconds and then start an extremely rough idle. This goes away once you apply some throttle and then doesnt come back again unless the jeep has been sitting for a little while.

No check engine light but the OBD reader is signifying no detection of the crank position sensor- bottom line is.... Could this be causing this problem??

If so, where can I find the CPS on a 2.5L? I know it is supposed to be towards the top of the bell housing but I am not finding it. Can someone give me a bit more specific insight as to where it is on a 2.5L??

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Old 07-25-2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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Drivers side of bell housing towards the top. Has two bolts holding it in place (10 mm wrench size) and a wire connection up towards the manifold. Takes about 15 min to change about $75-100. Just did mine on same vehicle for the second time.

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Old 07-26-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Sorry 11mm socket. Got it mixed up with something else.
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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Check the o2 sensor, with engine c
old, if it shows ready it is bad.
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