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Where is the crankshaft position sensor on a 1998 VW beetle. Does anyone have a picture with a big arrow pointing to it. The shop wanted 450.00 I am handy have tools and not scared just dont know where it is.... (billy please help lol)
 

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Its not hard; however, removing the oil filter to gain better access, might be a option. $450 is insane and you could probably get it done in 15 to 30 minutes max! I did it on my 1.8T and it was no problem; I haven't done it on a 2.0L but would assume it is similar. Check out this manual link for more info: this is for a 2000 but should be similar:

auto:

http://workshop-manuals.com/volkswa...d_sensor_a/t/component_information/locations/

stick/manual:

http://workshop-manuals.com/volkswa...njection_system_component_locations_overview/

http://workshop-manuals.com/volkswa..._and_inspection/with_manufacturers_scan_tool/

Make sure to get a high quality part; I would go with the OEM BOSCH: check out the parts finder to get the correct high quality OE part:
Bosch Vehicle Part Finder

vwparts2go.com is coming up with this:

CRNKSHFT SENSOR - 1998 Volkswagen Beetle (06A906433C)
List Price:$168.93
You Save:$42.23 (25% off)
Sale Price:$126.70

CRNKSHFT SENSOR for 1998 Volkswagen Beetle|06A-906-433-C

Cheaper online: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=bosch 06A906433C

From what I can tell; it is BOSCH PART # 0261210147:

https://www.google.com/webhp?source...TF-8&q=Bosch 0261210147 Crank Position Sensor
 

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Thanks a million... Called shop they said 450.00.. So I took a deep breath and found part under 20.00 bucks had the car towed ( free) 14 bucks per month unlimited tows ( all state insurance cant beat this deal) ( ohh they tow any car even if your not with the car 5o miles for free)

I jacked the car up used my jackstands (I am so careful who wants a beetle falling on them ) than I looked to the right of the oil filter ( a lot of grime, grease and gunk) I hit it with some purple power and wiped the area down. Yes its easier to remove the fuel filter but my 10mm reached with socket extension and a quick twist BOOM it was broken. The sensor was stuck ( been there since 1998 assuming) I breathed again and thought about the 450 bucks I was quoted and I grabbed a long screwdriver and gently pried it BOOM done.

I had my buddy there for moral coaching and went to Mexican restaurant to celebrate my savings,,,,Why do VW and Audi techs want to be greedy,,, I had another mobile tech quote me 200 bucks and another wanted 125 for a Ross tech scan and 90 to change the sensor. I replaced mine for 20.00 and ate and drank when done...thanks guys I took some pics so some users can see the exact location of the sensor
 

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Hey, good job! MANY things can be done yourself and save yourself A TON of dough! As you have just noticed; the parts themselves are not always that expensive but the labor rates are $100 plus an hour these days, in many parts of the USA (especially at European specific shops). Congrats and keep asking questions and posting, we will be doing our best to help! You can do it! :)
 

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Thanks a million... Called shop they said 450.00.. So I took a deep breath and found part under 20.00 bucks had the car towed ( free) 14 bucks per month unlimited tows ( all state insurance cant beat this deal) ( ohh they tow any car even if your not with the car 5o miles for free)

I jacked the car up used my jackstands (I am so careful who wants a beetle falling on them ) than I looked to the right of the oil filter ( a lot of grime, grease and gunk) I hit it with some purple power and wiped the area down. Yes its easier to remove the fuel filter but my 10mm reached with socket extension and a quick twist BOOM it was broken. The sensor was stuck ( been there since 1998 assuming) I breathed again and thought about the 450 bucks I was quoted and I grabbed a long screwdriver and gently pried it BOOM done.

I had my buddy there for moral coaching and went to Mexican restaurant to celebrate my savings,,,,Why do VW and Audi techs want to be greedy,,, I had another mobile tech quote me 200 bucks and another wanted 125 for a Ross tech scan and 90 to change the sensor. I replaced mine for 20.00 and ate and drank when done...thanks guys I took some pics so some users can see the exact location of the sensor
Congrats on saving all that Dough. So can we see those pictures now..:D I have not had issues with mine but might be a good idea to remove and clean some time in the near future. That video that shows the jetta you can see plenty of room to work in there, the beetle is not as forgiving though I can barely stick my hand in there and I have small hands.
 
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