QUOTE (benthere98 @ Oct 19 2007, 08:25 AM)
Thanks Nidan for the info.
RE: Step-on vs. Non Step-on - Autozone called out the same two options (they maybe using the same database as NAPA) but I noticed, in both places, two different part numbers.[/b]
I just went throught this problem and found out what the Step vs. Non-Step Camshaft Position Sensor is all about.
Ford managed to use two different connectors on the wiring plug that comes from your vehicle and attaches to the Camshaft Position Sensor; probably depending on the date of manufacture. I have no idea how to tell when the different parts were used.
Non-Step Style - If you look inside the connector on the Camshaft Position Sensor; you are looking at the socket (female) side of a quick connect plug. For the non-step style plug socket, the hole is the same size in the front of the plug socket as it is at the back (bottomed out in the socket hole) end of the plug socket. This means the tip of the plug (male end of the quick connect) from the vehicle will be the same size as the back end of the quick connect plug, (no step down in size.)
Step Style - If you look inside the connector on the Camshaft Position Sensor; you are looking at the socket (female) side of a quick connect plug. For the step style plug socket, the hole is large at the front of the socket, then about .25 (1/4) inches into the socket, the size of the socket steps down about .0625 (1/16) inches. This means that .25 (1/4) inches into the socket, the socket hole steps down and is smaller than the socket hole at the front of the socket. The smaller socket dimension remains this size the rest of the way back (bottomed out in the socket hole) of the plug socket. Looking at the vehicle side of the quick connect plug, the tip of the plug (steps down in size.)
The step plug (male) will fit into a non-step socket (female); however, I am not sure if you will make a water tight seal using this combination.
The non-step plug (male) will not fit into the step socket.
I saw the Autozone pictures for the two different parts, but they managed to miss illistrating the part of the socket that you really needed to see to know the difference. I have no idea why none of the parts people have figured this out and made it more clear. I hope this helps.