I drive a 97 Ford Thunderbird 4.6L V8 with 135K miles. I’ve got a check engine light that gives a cam sensor code. The car also idles rough, and recently stalled on me when I went to pull away from a stop.
The mechanic put a new cam sensor in it, only to have the check engine light return (immediately–same code), and it still idles rough. I’m also pretty sure that I’ve tried replacing the cam sensor before, in the last 6 months or so.
Before I put myself at the mercy of the Ford dealer (as my mechanic recommended), I’d like to have some idea what I might be dealing with. When is a cam sensor problem not a cam sensor problem?