How to Install a Crankshaft Sensor in a Chevy Tracker


The crankshaft sensor in your Chevy Tracker is an electronic instrument that regulates the proper firing order for your spark plugs. The crankshaft sensor works in conjunction with the electronic ignition system and actually reads the position of the crankshaft while your Chevy's engine is running. A faulty crankshaft sensor can cause your Tracker to die or to misfire loudly. You can purchase replacement sensors from auto parts stores. Replacement time is 20 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stand
  • Slide the jack under the driver's front end of your Tracker, jack it up and set jack stands under the frame. Set the Tracker down on the jack stands

  • Open your Tracker's hood and remove the negative battery cable.

  • Unplug the plastic wiring harness from your Tracker's existing crankshaft sensor. Unplug the wiring harness by hand. The crankshaft sensor on your Tracker is located at the front underside of your engine on the driver's side.

  • Use a wrench to remove the crankshaft sensor from your engine. Turn it counterclockwise to remove it. Screw the new crankshaft sensor in clockwise by hand and then tighten it with your wrench.

  • Plug the wiring harness into the back of your Tracker's new crankshaft sensor.

  • Jack up your Tracker, remove the jack stands and then lower it to the ground.


  • "Suzuki Samurai, Sidekick, X90, and Vitara; Geo/Chevrolet Tracker (Haynes Manuals)Suzuki Samurai, Sidekick, X90, and Vitara; Geo/Chevrolet Tracker (Haynes Manuals)"; Bob Henderson and John H. Haynes; 2001
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