Engine cuts out intermittently whilst highway driving
Engine stops, but is able to be re-started after a few minutes rest
Engine stops at lights
Desperate wife rings up because the engine cuts out in the middle of peak hour traffic whilst she is on her way home from work after picking the kids up from day-care and going to the shops and the ice-cream is now melting and its all YOUR fault…
Then you could have a faulty crank and or cam position sensor.
These are the steps I took to fix the problem with our XTRAIL.
1. Confirm that the problem is really the Crank or Cam position sensor.
You have one or more of the symptoms listed above
The Check engine light is lit on the dash
2. Replace the Cam position sensor if you have a P0340 error.
f) Replace the retaining bolt & Clip the lead back on
3. Replace the Crank position sensor if you have a P0335 error.
The crank sensor is replaced in much the same way as the cam sensor detailed above except that getting to is a bit of a pain (but not impossible).Also, keeping the wiring harness connected to it will prevent you from losing it behind the engine when you take the bolt out – Don’t ask me how I know.
The sensor is located low down on the firewall side of the engine block, between the rightmost two cylinders when looking towards the engine from the front of the car.You should be able to reach around the right hand side of the engine with your righthand and follow the sensor wire down to the sensor itself.
You may have to use a 10mm open ender on its retaining bolt as space is a little tight and you will be doing it all by feel.