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cam sensor 1996 3.8 Turbo

Greetings. I have a 96 mustang that I am replacing the engine in. Got a new shortblock from FORD. I will need to transplant quite a bit of parts from the old engine to the new. Trying to get some help with the cam sensor installation as I am reusing the timing cover off the old engine. Wondering if someone could walk me through the sensor setup/ install. thanks a bunch

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Greetings. I have a 96 mustang that I am replacing the engine in. Got a new shortblock from FORD. I will need to transplant quite a bit of parts from the old engine to the new. Trying to get some help with the cam sensor installation as I am reusing the timing cover off the old engine. Wondering if someone could walk me through the sensor setup/ install. thanks a bunch

Hi there:
Here is some information that i found from Bob Mordoski.

By Bob Mordorski
How to Line Up Synchronizer Without Special Tool
“ Today, it seems you can't compete even the most routine job - such as replacing a timing belt - without these new tools. One question our hotline callers often ask is how to align a camshaft position sensor synchronizer without Ford's special tool.”
In this day and age, it's amazing that a shop can survive without spending thousands of dollars every year buying all the latest specialty tools from each car manufacturer. Today, it seems you can't complete even the most routine job - such as replacing a timing belt - without these new tools. One question our hotline callers often ask is how to align a camshaft position sensor synchronizer without Ford's special tool.
In this article, I am using a 1995-1998 3.8L Ford Windstar as an example. Usually the problem starts after engine work has been done. Maybe the timing cover has been removed or the engine was replaced. Either situation requires the synchronizer to be installed and timed to the engine. The service manual states that a "special tool" is required to index the vane inside the synchronizer to the housing. As you read through the procedure, you may be thinking, "I don't have that tool - now what?"
Good news! You can line up the synchronizer without a special tool and without a lot of extra time. Here's how:
1) Bring the engine up to top dead center (TDC) of the compression stroke for cylinder No. 1.
2) The engine needs to be positioned at 26 degrees after TDC. There will often be a large groove machined into the balancer at this point. If not, mark the balancer by measuring from TDC to 26 degrees before TDC. Take that measurement and make your own mark at 26 degrees after TDC.
3) Drop in the synchronizer so that the leading edge of the vane is close to the center of the opening in the housing (this is directly below the actual sensing part of the cam sensor).
4) Leaving the synchronizer loose, install the cam sensor and connect a voltmeter from the ground to the dark blue/orange wire with the sensor plugged in.
5) With the key on, the voltmeter should read either "0 volts" or "battery voltage."
6) Turn the synchronizer back and forth to find the point where the voltage is just switching from "0 volts" to "battery voltage."
7) Once you find that point, tighten down the hold-down bolt. This same procedure can be used on most OBD-II Ford products with Hall-effect type cam sensors.

Hope it helps.

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