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The sensor is located on the drivers side of the engine, it is hard to see. Go all the way to the back of the engine and about midway on the housing where the engine and transmission come together. It is mounted in the engine housing. Not easy to get to.

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Q: How do you locate and change the crankshaft sensor on a 1998 KIA Sport age?
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