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Brunobruno

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1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 24, 2015 9:54 PM
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Purchased a 1998 Jetta GT with a 2.0.engine. CEL has been on since I bought it. The car runs great.
Got a code reader and the code was P0341 Cam Position Sensor. Found out that there is not an actual Camshaft sensor and that it is part of the dist. Replaced Dist. the code returned after clearing. Did some research and found that the same code could be caused by Crankshaft sensor. Replaced crank sensor cleared code , code returned.
Now I am against the wall because I cannot renew reg. on car due to emissions test failure. Cannot pass with CEL on.
Ripped into possible timing problem, have verified all marks with no change to outcome.
Took to one shop they could not find any reason for problem.
Took to second shop, that specialize in VW repair, they rechecked all timing made some minor changes and found that the code still will not stay clear after resetting. They checked the ECU and said they felt the problem was in that unit. I replaced the ECU with a used unit that has the exact same number on it.
Now when I check the code and clear it with the key on engine off and then start the car I can drive around with no CEL. As soon as I shut off the car and then restart it the CEL will stay off for 10 seconds and then its back. If i shut down the car and go back to Key on engine off and clear the code I can once again drive the car all over with no CEL untill I shut the motor off and restart it.
At a loss as to what to do next ?? HELP
BobD

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 28, 2015 12:11 AM   in response to: Brunobruno in response to: Brunobruno
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What is the ECU part number?

My first thought is timing. You say you adjusted it. But is it dead on.?
How old is the timing belt?
Brunobruno

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 28, 2015 6:26 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Belt is 1 year old, Verified timing my self and then due to the frustration took it in to 2 different shops, one that specialized in VW repair, they both said the timing was on, belt was good and adjusted correctly.
VW shop said they thought it was the ECU, replace with a used unit, changed the CEL to what I described in first post.

Question: could the Knock Sensor have anything to do with this??
Brunobruno

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 28, 2015 6:28 PM   in response to: Brunobruno in response to: Brunobruno
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Sorry did not see your first question.
The ECU number was an exact match.
BOSCH
0 261 204 825
037 906 259 R

Edited by: Brunobruno on Oct 28, 2015 6:29 PM
BobD

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 28, 2015 9:18 PM   in response to: Brunobruno in response to: Brunobruno
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Two ECUs, same part number... but the car responds differently...Odd.
Timing is good.
Hmm... very odd.
Knock sensors... I don't think so.

And the car drives fine? Any lag/hesitation?

Did this problem come from no where? Or did you just recently do a tune up or something?
Brunobruno

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 29, 2015 12:36 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Car runs fine, no stumble or hesitation.
Bought the car in March 2014 The CEL was on when I bought the car. Spent 5 months undoing the previous owner work on the car. This guy had been trying to turn the car into a race car.
He had even hose clamped after market racing seats to the original seat frames. And yes it looks like he installed a racing chip in the ecu.
I have returned every thing back to "normal"
Now I can not pass the Emissions test because of the cel. The VW dealer told me to cut my losses and that taking it to him would probably be throwing away money.
The problem has always been there and the code has been the same no recent work that triggered it.

Thank You for your help!

Edited by: Brunobruno on Oct 29, 2015 12:37 PM
BobD

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 30, 2015 12:43 AM   in response to: Brunobruno in response to: Brunobruno
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Brunobruno

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3:32 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Bob
Thanks for the tip. I had seen that one before and had followed it when I checked the timing. Timing has also been checked and verified by two shops. Still can not explain why the code, after being cleared, and then starting the car, only comes back after the car is shut off and restarted.

Thanks
Brunobruno

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3:35 PM   in response to: Brunobruno in response to: Brunobruno
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Also I called the VW dealer and tried to see if I should bring it to them thier service advisor pretty much said I should stop throwing money down the hole. He said that they could look at it but that the cost would be very high.
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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Nov 7, 2015 8:32 PM   in response to: Brunobruno in response to: Brunobruno
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Just came back to see if you've had any luck....
Brunobruno

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Nov 9, 2015 2:43 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Bob
Thanks for checking, Still no solution.Changed the knock sensor just in case. Still the same.
Ready to junk the car.

Thanks
Terry
BobD

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Nov 13, 2015 11:58 PM   in response to: Brunobruno in response to: Brunobruno
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I was doing some digging... I found a post where a guy changed his distributor. But that is not a cheap option to try. $160
Assuming that would fix it.
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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: May 21, 2016 2:54 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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Hi BobD... you still fixing clusters?
BobD

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Jun 16, 2016 11:10 PM   in response to: FKH161 in response to: FKH161
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Yes I do... Sorry it took me a month to come back and answer!
FKH161

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Jun 17, 2016 12:20 AM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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No worries... not sure if my friend emailed you or not after I gave her your email address. We also found a couple of places online... one local to our area, so she might have contacted them first.

Edited by: FKH161 on Jun 17, 2016 12:21 AM
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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 9:02 AM   in response to: FKH161 in response to: FKH161
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Understood. Thanks,
kennyg7247

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Jul 23, 2016 2:24 PM   in response to: BobD in response to: BobD
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I need a cluster fixed. The speedo isn't functioning. The tach, fuel and temp are working. It's from a 97 jetta aba. How would I go about closing with you?
BobD

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Re: 1998 Jetta 2.0 Camshaft Sensor Code
Posted: Jul 23, 2016 9:44 PM   in response to: kennyg7247 in response to: kennyg7247
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Got your email. Bob

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