Replacing the camshaft position sensor on a 2002-2009 Toyota Camry falls in the DIY category.
Of course, if in doubt, be sure to take it to a professional.
The camshaft position sensor is necessary for the Camry timing.
When the sensor is bad, the timing is off, causing the car to run badly, not start, or have no spark.
How to Know if the Camshaft Position Sensor is Bad
An OBDII code such as a P0340 or P0341 will point to a bad sensor and will be stored in the Camry onboard computer (PCM).
Using an OBDII scan tool, an error such as P0340 or P0341 will usually point to a bad sensor.
Keep in mind bad wiring connections can cause the same problem.
The Cam sensor can be tested to see if it is bad before replacement.
Tools and Parts Needed to Replace a 2002-2009 Toyota Camry Cam Sensor
- New Camshaft Position Sensor
- 10mm Socket and ratchet.
- Flathead screwdriver.
A 10mm socket and ratchet are needed, along with a flat-head screwdriver.
A new sensor can be bought at an automotive parts store or online on Amazon or eBay.
Example Toyota Camry Camshaft Position Sensor on Amazon
Denso 196-1103 Camshaft Sensor
2002-2009 Toyota Camry Camshaft Position Sensor Location
The camshaft position sensor is located under the air intake box on the side top of the engine.
There can be one or two Cam sensors depending on the engine.
Steps To Replace Camshaft Position Sensor 2002-2009 Toyota Camry
- Remove the air intake filter box.
- Remove the sensor wire plug.
- Remove the 10mm bolt with a socket.
- Pull the sensor out.
- Put the new sensor in.
- Tighten the 10mm bolt.
- Reattach the wiring.
- Install the air box.
- Test the vehicle.
Replacing the camshaft sense on a Toyota Camry is not difficult with basic mechanical skills.
The hardest part is removing the air filter box, which is in the way of the sensor.
A single 10mm bolt holds the sensor in place, which simply comes out when removed.