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#1 (permalink) Old 01-24-2007, 03:14 PM
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How to tell if knock sensor is bad?

Anyone know how to tell the knock sensor is bad? I drove around for a couple weeks w/o it while the wire was broken, so I doubt the ECU even noticed it wasn't there. now that I fixed the wire and put a new end on it, i'm leary that its not working, the previous person tightend it on there so tight that it cracked the plastic housing. Anyone have any insightful insight?

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i really don't think that if the person tightened it on there that tight that that could of done any good...

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Hi dude,
Havent talk to you in a long while Ryan.. Whats up??

I have been told by several people that whenever the knock sensor goes out, it will throw a code. I dont beleive that though..

I think you can get all of the symtoms a bad sensor if its just starting to go bad (green stuff fouling on the back of the donut). But, if it is cracked, screwed tight and the metal on the block side is intact, it could still be good..

But, check this thread: http://www.sr20forum.com/sr20de-technical-corner/183887-knock-sensor%3Dno-codes.html
and this one: http://www.sr20forum.com/general-sr20/152493-dogging-full-throttle-new-jdm-swap-pro-advice-5.html

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Hi dude,
Havent talk to you in a long while Ryan.. Whats up??

I have been told by several people that whenever the knock sensor goes out, it will throw a code. I dont beleive that though..

I think you can get all of the symtoms a bad sensor if its just starting to go bad (green stuff fouling on the back of the donut). But, if it is cracked, screwed tight and the metal on the block side is intact, it could still be good..

But, check this thread: http://www.sr20forum.com/sr20de-technical-corner/183887-knock-sensor%3Dno-codes.html
and this one: http://www.sr20forum.com/general-sr20/152493-dogging-full-throttle-new-jdm-swap-pro-advice-5.html
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never looked at one on a b13 but if its a 2 wire sensor just take it out and hook up an volt meter to it and tap. if it sends voltage then whamo your good.

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My egg is just doing so-so. You get everything installed and then something else happens. I thought I would be done by xmas with the SSAC header as the last bolton for the car. It has required me to change the O2, by a narrower rad fan, and fool around with the emission stuff. And now I have a tick..tick...tick...

But its all good. Im getting through it just fine. Just being patient.

Test the Knock sensor using the volt meter. If its not up to par, get another one. I have found them at the local junk yards and most were measuring peak. Will save you about $150 if you find one there...

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voltmeter...nothing new by now.

just for a little insigt...it wont throw a code if the knock sensor goes out, cause the ecu isnt sending voltage to the sensor, the sensor is sending voltage to the ecu (a pizeo electric crystal inside the knock sensor produces a voltage when its squeezed or tapped). the olny way to get a knock code is an actual knock of the engine, or a wiring problem.

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