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Old 02-12-2019, 04:46 PM   #11
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Default Re: Preventive Maintenance Items - Sensors

Aye Captain.
Travel spares.
I believe Midwest Drifter has the master list.

Now to find it.

Here's a start...

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...re+parts+carry

https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...re+parts+carry

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Old 02-12-2019, 05:13 PM   #12
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When's the last time a light bulb went out in your house and stranded you 137 miles from the nearest auto parts store?

I carry spares of almost everything I can think of but need to add those two sensors to my traveling toolbox. Thanks for the reminder.
Yuuuuup, "Be Prepared." Not intending to disparage my wonderful wife, but she's always asking me, "Should I bring a jacket?" My standard response is, "Yes" (while thinking to myself, "it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it).

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Old 02-12-2019, 05:14 PM   #13
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Sensors are not preventative maintenance items.
Not according to this:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preventive_maintenance
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Old 02-13-2019, 01:38 AM   #14
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Good point. Does anyone know the median point of failure of the Crank sensor?
Or know the standard deviation of early/late failures?
We could just swap them every few years and never see a failure, but is there data to suggest when preemptive replacement is recommended?
(fwiw I’ve got a lovely little box of spares (and a jacket!) that has now traveled coast to coast in the back of my van... 30,000 trouble free miles)
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(fwiw I’ve got a lovely little box of spares (and a jacket!) that has now traveled coast to coast in the back of my van... 30,000 trouble free miles)
I can beat that.

Probably 8 years and 150,000+ miles carrying spares trouble free. Many of those miles included loaded with gear and towing our sailboat.

I ain't got no jacket yet though.

As to sensor failure rates...
Many of the sensors are based upon tried and true older designs. The sensor basic design is generally very reliable. In my opinion the wildcard is manufacturing design/tolerances and possibly unusual operating conditions related to the environment Eg - cooling issues, voltages being out of spec, excessive mechanical stress (crash), etc.

If there was enough failure history/data for Mother Mercedes to justify recommended periodic sensor replacement, I'm pretty certain that your owner manual would have a schedule outlining when you need to get a dealership to do the service procedure.

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Old 02-13-2019, 04:23 AM   #16
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I agree completely.
(My spares and scanner are carried as a talisman... the jacket gets occasional use. ;-)
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Yuuuuup, "Be Prepared." Not intending to disparage my wonderful wife, but she's always asking me, "Should I bring a jacket?" My standard response is, "Yes" (while thinking to myself, "it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it).

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If you live in Colorado its a permanent fixture in your car & that includes a hat and gloves.
Not so with sensors, unless you drive certain vehicles!
Ford F & E platforms with a 7,3 Powerstroke engine--A cam sensor.
A Landrover Discovery 2 crank sensor if you are nearing 90,000 mile service intervals.
I could I suppose write a list about various sensors on some vehicles that are prone to failure due to some operating/environmental conditions.

On a T1N the failure rate is very low and uncertain IF you use genuine parts.
One thing is certain though. If growing corrosion is present inside the engine block where it sits, it will get squeezed to death/failure. Then in any case its removal becomes a 6 hour minimum chore with shop level tools/equipment.
Not something to do/contemplate even out the back of a Walmart parking lot.
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Thanks for the insite Dennis.

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