Location Of Camshaft Position Sensor On A 1997 Mercury Villager

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I hooked up an OBD II and it gave me the code P0340 Camshaft Position Sensor A-Bank 1 Circuit Malfunction. What does that mean and can it stop the spark from reaching the coil? I also need the location for this particular sensor? HELP!!! THANKS!!!

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    1. Double R says:

      Unfortunately the Mercury Villager uses a Nissan engine. Actually that isn’t unfortunate because Nissan knows how to build a good engine, but it also uses Nissan’s electronic engine controls.
      Nissan houses the Camshaft Position Sensor (CMP) inside the distributor. It is actually not a serviceable component and requires replacement of the entire distributor. This can be very costly. I would make certain the CMP is actually the failed component.
      Let’s look at a couple things first. Clear the code and take the vehicle for a ride again. Does the code reoccur? If it does, then I would see if I had 12 volts at the black and white wire going into the distributor while cranking the engine. If not, then you need to find out why.
      Unfortunately outside of this, you would need either a break out box or a scan tool to do additional testing. If you feel like a gambling man, you could get a distributor from a wrecking yard and see if this cures your ailing Merc. If it does not, then unfortunatley you might be looking at a PCM failure.

    2. baldie says:

      it should be right by the timing cover, but unhook the battery first before you change it.