The purpose of this test is to observe the output from the AC-excited Crank Angle Sensor while monitoring the output from the Camshaft Position Sensor, to check for any unwanted offset in timing between the two sensors which could indicate a slipped timing belt or a stretched timing chain.
Connection for diagnostic work will of course vary dependent on application.
Technicians should whenever possible gain access to the test circuit without damage to seals and insulation. If this is not possible then make sure appropriate repairs are completed.
General connection advice;
PicoScope offers a range of options within the test kits.
Dependent on difficulty of access, choose from,
Testing Sensors and Actuators; (to include relevant circuit/connectors).
Plug a BNC test lead into Channel A on the PicoScope. Fit a large black clip on the test lead with the black moulding (negative) and a Back-pinning Probe onto the test lead with the coloured moulding (positive). Place the black clip on the battery negative terminal and probe the crankshaft position sensor's negative (or number 1) terminal with the Back-pinning Probe as illustrated in Figure. 2.
Alternatively connections can be made using the TA012 breakout lead. Connect the BNC test lead directly to the two shrouded plugs on the breakout lead. If a smaller-than-anticipated waveform is shown, try reversing the connections. Connection of the breakout lead is illustrated in Figure 2.
Plug a BNC test lead into Channel B on the PicoScope. Place a large black clip on the test lead with the black moulding (negative) and a Back-pinning Probe onto the test lead with the coloured moulding (positive). Probe the outputs of the camshaft position sensor until the larger waveform is displayed, the smaller waveform being the earth return.
Alternatively the TA012 two-pin test lead adapter can be used, as illustrated in Figure 3.
With the example waveform displayed on the screen you can now hit the space bar to start looking at live readings.
In this waveform we can observe the output voltage from the AC-excited Crank Angle Sensor (shown in blue) at the same time as monitoring the inductive Camshaft Position Sensor trace (shown in red). The main reason for evaluating these two waveforms together is to look for any unwanted offset in timing between the two sensors, which could indicate a slipped timing belt or a stretched timing chain.
The following common fault codes may occur if there is a fault with the components being tested:
P0335 - CKP Sensor A Circuit Performance
P0336 - Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor A Performance
P0337 - Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor Circuit Low Duty Cycle
P0338 - Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor Circuit High Duty Cycle
P0339 - Crankshaft Position (CKP) Sensor Circuit Intermittent
P0340 - Camshaft Position (CMP) Sensor Circuit
P0341 - Camshaft Position (CMP) Sensor Performance
P0342 - Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Low Input
P0343 - Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit High Input
P0344 - Camshaft Position Sensor Circuit Intermittent
This help topic is subject to changes without notification. The information within is carefully checked and considered to be correct. This information is an example of our investigations and findings and is not a definitive procedure. Pico Technology accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies. Each vehicle may be different and require unique test settings.
We know that our PicoScope users are clever and creative and we’d love to receive your ideas for improvement on this test. Click the Add comment button to leave your feedback.