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Old 10-02-2018, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hello all,
I am making the trek to Boston Ma for the extinct car show, and it is about 6 hours each way for me. My 1995 Sl2 has 155k on it, runs great, always fires up, but my father (former saturn tech) said it may be a smart idea to replace the crank sensor before coming up. I really do not want to spend the money right now, and have a spare from my 1994 Sl2's engine with only 53k on it. Now, do these go bad over time or from mileage? If age doesnt matter too much Ill just head up with the spare CPS in my trunk just in case, along with spare coils and module.
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Father knows best. Bring him with you! I want to say hello to the both of you.
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Does your father have a premonition of the car dying out on you?
If so, maybe you could show him some honor and just change it out for his sake. Besides, its a whole lot easier to change at home rather than somehow trying to crawl (better on a support) under at an unconvenient spot in the dark.
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I guess I will order one from rockauto and make sure it gets installed before I come up.
I told my dad he should come, he thinks we are all nuts for loving our saturns. Hes not a true fan...
It is a shame because you could all pick his brain like I do.
He worked there from 1995-2000, so he was in the height of the S-Series Boom.
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I bought a CPS sensor from Advanced Auto Parts with lifetime warranty. Mine seems to die every 3-4 years. I now replace it every other year as "preventive maintenance"... even if there are no symptoms. I refuse to get stranded again from a failed CPS.

If you are a low mileage driver, then it may not fail as often. I think the heat is hard on these sensors.
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I am going to get the AcDelco gm oem rated one, hoping it will be a good choice.
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I think I read (from OldNuc, maybe?) that they work fine until they fail.

They fail when hot, and letting it cool down means you can start the car again and it will run until it overheats again.

Also read that pushing the car so that one side is up on a curb gives you enough room to crawl underneath to change (fetchitfido, maybe?)

I've driven 2 Saturns daily for the past 9~10 years. Knock on wood, have yet to have one fail on me.

First Saturn, the silver one in the avatar pic, I drove for ~8 years and 100k miles (has over 200k miles on it, engine still runs great), AFAIK on the original CPS

Doesn't hurt to change it, and you can keep the old one in the glovebox for a spare
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