+1 on the crank sensor.
... about £18 and 10 minutes to fit...
HA HA HAHAHAAAAA!!!!
That's with the engine out of the car.
More like an hour and a half, with lots of scratches and bruises to follow - having a long, skinny arm with eyeballs attached to your fingers would help. Without taking the intake plenum etc. off, it's a really tight fit from the top - and that's with the battery removed (you can't get at it from under the car, but at least you can see it LOL) And if it hasn't been replaced before, the wire goes through a cable tidy on a bracket somewhere at the rear of the block (along with several others, so be aware). I just cut mine at the connector and pulled the wire through; once replaced, make sure to re-attach the new cable to the bracket somehow so it doesn't rub against anything.
I spent a sunny Sunday afternoon trying to get it out, eventually a neighbour with slimmer arms managed it - and it took him an hour and some, so either we were extremely unlucky, or something...
HOWEVER, it is a simple cure (albeit time-consuming, and it does indeed sound like the same fault.
If you can play a guitar and harmonica at the same time, like Bob Dylan or Neil Young, you're a genius. But make that extra bit of effort and strap some cymbals to your knees, suddenly people want to get the hell away from you.
- Rich Hall
Gone but not forgotten - 164 2.0, 164 Super 3.0 V6, 156 1.6 T.Spark, 156 2.5 V6...