2001 Saturn SL1 162,500 miles. I just changed the camshaft position sensor after experiencing an intermittent P3041. Now, I’m having issues starting the car. On the first attempt after the sensor change, I had quite a bit of rapid clicking before it started. Second and third attempts, after driving a few miles, the car started but needed an extra crank or two. Fourth attempt after driving back home and we’re back to the rapid clicking / “ratatatatatat” noise.
Something that might have played a role in this . . . . I made a stupid amateur mistake and didn’t disconnect the negative cable before I started working on the car. I realized that when the metal socket wrench I was holding made contact with one of the terminals on the starter. Sparks flew, but no romance. I disconnected the negative cable from the battery after that. I’d think, though, if I’d shorted something out, I wouldn’t be having varying success starting the car.
I’m really hoping this is not a case of a defective, new sensor. It was a bear of a job to change that sensor – I basically had to work blind and backwards. Not looking forward to doing that again.
I appreciate any guidance anyone can provide. Thanks.