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Fault Code 11 - No Crank reference signal at PCM
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When the crank sensor fails, the engine will die but no code is set. Code 11 will only set if the computer has never seen a pulse from the crankshaft rotation sensor. If the engine has been running in the past, this code will not be set because the computer remembers that the sensor was working. To check for this fault, the computer memory must be erased.

When you have a no-start condition, disconnect the battery for about 15 seconds. Reconnect and crank the engine for 7 seconds. Now pull the codes again. If you get a code 11, it means that the crank Hall Effects sensor or its associated wiring is defective. To determine whether the sensor is bad or the wiring is bad:

  1. locate the wiring harness connector closest to the distributor or crankshaft position sensor.
  2. With the ignition switch in the off position, disconnect the three-wire connector.
  3. Now turn the ignition switch back on and measure the voltage on the three wires at the computer end of the wiring harness.
  4. Verify this with a voltmeter. Remember that the ground wire, although it will be continuous with ground, will have some resistance in it. Expect the resistance to be somewhere between 0 ohm and few hundred ohms. If the resistance reads infinity, this wire is open and must be repaired.
  5. If the wiring harness checks out good, then replace the Hall Effects sensor.

 


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Last Update: August 8, 2001