Did you know that engines have brains? Well not like yours, but electronic. This brain is fancily called the Engine Control Module or ECM and helps it to conduct most of the functional work aptly.
It simply takes the information on speed, fuel injection, and ignition timing from the crankshaft sensor (the silent background actor who runs the show!) and gives that to you on the go.
Now, if you ask any avid car lover what his most favorite part of his most favorite car is, he will rave about the high-class performance of the car without giving credit to some of these. Maybe you will too.
But to keep this engine (and hence the car,) running evenly, the sensor has to orchestrate the show well. As a result, when this sensor goes wrong, you need to fix it! What are the temporary fix for crankshaft position sensor? Let’s find out 6 possible ways in which you can fix it.
Suppose, you are driving your car and you see a pop-up. This one is called a “check engine”. After reading so far, you may think that the engine issue and the crankshaft sensor in the same equation could mean only one thing—the sensor is down!
But as it turns out, that is always not the case. Your engine may light up for a lot of reasons. A crankshaft sensor going bad is one of them.
But if it happens, and the sensor is responsible for the damage (or at least that’s what you think) you can stop the car and allow the engine to cool down a little bit. This solves the overheating and illuminating problem in many cases.
Another thing that you can do is to use the OBDII tool to get one or more error codes that could pinpoint the problem instead of making you think about what went wrong.
But understanding and making use of these codes need professional assistance!
To save the engine from failing and to save yourself from the embarrassment of trying to practice tricks on your car, it is better to schedule a service instead of trying to do it yourself temporarily.
You are driving to your heart’s content and listening to your favorite song in full blast when the car suddenly stops. What happened? The engine has come to a stall, causing the car to stop midway.
Again, there can be more than one reason for the car stalling besides the crankshaft going wrong.
If it is the latter, then it means that the injectors are not being able to inject fuels timely and adequately into the cylinder, which should be solved by simply fueling up.
But if you are not sure what caused it, simply shut down the vehicle and turn off the engine and take an Uber home.
For your car to start and to carry you to the office, a little ignition plays a super huge role. But when this simple spark can’t be created, your crankshaft may be in trouble to have avoided it.
Another issue is the case of misfiring, in which case the sensor fails to give the right information on the piston movements and with so much happening, causes a misfire.
A series of these may pose a serious threat and should be treated by you if you don’t know what to do. Your CKP needs a professional replacement here.
If your car is surging forward suddenly, having difficulty in starting, losing power, or having erratic issues overall, your CKP sensor failure is likely to be blamed. In some cases, fuelling up fixes the case.
This is because much of these happen due to inadequate fuel injection. But be careful as some of these may indicate a failure in the circuitry and a false approach to treating it can cause severe issues later.
If it is not the case of low fuel, make sure to check the DTC codes for any wiring-related warnings before you make a temporary fix.
An issue with shifting arises when you have a locked transmission on the car. In such scenarios, you can’t move beyond a particular gear and are stuck there. This may be caused by a faulty CKP sensor.
What can help you in this regard is simply shutting the engine down, waiting it out, and restarting it. This should allow you to shift and switch between gears and have your pick.
But since this is more likely to come back again, you might need to opt for a complete sensor replacement for a smooth and efficient riding experience.
Fuel Mileage Issues
You can also have fuel mileage issues on the car, being the result of a malfunctioning CKP sensor. In this case, the fuel economy of the vehicle is reduced as a result of more fuel being injected into the cylinders.
This one causes the CKP sensor to read inaccurate data and continually drive up your need for fuels. It has no temporary fix, but needs a sensor replacement, which is more of a permanent solution.
Now you know all about what are the temporary fix for crankshaft position sensor in your car. If you were careful in reading, you saw that the temporary fixes mostly had to do with either shutting down the engine, cooling it, or fuelling up.
And for cases where it is too dangerous for you to fix it temporarily like wiring issues, it is better to go for a permanent fix and not a temporary one but replacing the sensor entirely.
In this case, it is better to have it done professionally with the help of a car mechanic than trying to do it yourself. After all, the goal of every temporary fix is to ensure your safety permanently!