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Might be worth checking the plug connector for the cam sensor before stripping the cambelt off to change it...if there is a bad connection on the (blue) plug, it could cause the fault. If you do have to change the sensor - and they are often damaged by clumsy work when the belt is changed - if you KNOW that when the belt was last done a full kit was fitted - ie new tensioners as well as a belt, AND if you are feeling positive, then you could probably just replace the belt, rather than pay out for new tensioners too......Labour charge is the same, tho, so you pays your money......and takes your choice.
Having said that - failure to rev past 3000 revs sounds more like a MAF issue than cam sensor....our 1.6 156 has had the warning light on for the last 20K miles with the "phase sensor" fault code and it runs fine.......I'm afraid the "cobbler's shoes" theory applies with me and I can't be bothered taking it apart to fix it unless it goes properly wrong...in which case I'd probably pop a 2.0 engine in, anyway......So - try unplugging the MAF and see if the running improves - it probably won't idle, but should rev better if the MAF is the fault.
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