97 Ranger 2.3L camshaft synchronizer?
Hello everyone , this is my first post here , but have been a lurker for awhile now. You guys have a great forum ,and i hope can help me.
I have 97 Ranger that i bought new in late
96 ,ran great till 130 ,000. Then the cam belt broke . My brother inlaw replaced it for me and it ran great for another 40,000. This is where my trouble began. I got an error code for a bad camshaft position sensor. So i went an purchased one and replaced it. The truck ran better than it has in 4 years. Then two weeks later the same code popped up again. I replaced the sensor again. Still no luck , still the same codes. Yes I did clear the computer after making the changes. And even after they first popped up(the codes that is).
Anyway after that i found an article suggesting that the camshaft synchronizer could be the culprit. This sort of confused me because my repair manual mentions nothing about it, yet i can get a part number and a price from for, but nobody has an exploded view of this engine , and nobody knows wheres it's located at. I called 4 different dealerships all with the same result. From what i can gather is that some engines used them while others didn't. I know the engines WITH distributors had them , mostly mounted on or near the distributor itself. But mine is distributorless.
So...Does my engine have one and where is it located. I also understand that there is some sort of special calibration tool needed for installation. Where can i get that as well?
Thanks for you time and great forum!