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QUESTION: My 1994 caddy 4.9 won't start codep041 came up which is the CAM sensor but the dan sensor looks Fine but the wiring harness broke but i have the little metal clips plugged in will it still be able to start

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I would be concerned with more breaks in the harness. Do you have the correct wires in the correct places. Exposed metal clips can cause a sort and possibly a fire. The engine should start if wired correctly, but I wouldn't feel good without the correct plastic plug separating those metal clips. Why did the harness break? What caught it? Is the harness protected from future breakage?



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QUESTION: They breaked cuz there old

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Hello,

You cannot take the chance of the steel connectors hitting one or the other. is the harness broken or just the connector?
In order to fix the correct way to repair would be to replace the whole harness with new, but the cost may be more than the car is worth.
You could check a junk yard for a harness or possibly a good connector with about 6" of good wire, where you can solder and heat shrink. That would be an acceptable repair.

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Alarm system questions cannot be answered on this forum. These systems are not what I can answer. Without being physically at the vehicle and not knowing what kind of electrical service has been done on the vehicle, there is no possible way to give an accurate answer over the internet. My expertise is in Ignition/key based anti-theft systems. These issues include GM VATS (resistor chip in key blade) PASSLOCK (MRD)-ignition lock rotation based, no special ignition key and the PKIII Transponder (computer chip in key) systems. These systems are not alarm based and are integral with the starting of the engine. This is why I cannot diagnose alarm problems without physically looking at the vehicle: Alarm systems are a completely different annimal than ignition key/lock based anti-theft system. Many alarm questions come from vehicles 10 years old, and since older, many hands that had been involved over the years.I am an expert in all GM factory (ignition/key based)systems. Alarm system questions pose to many situations beyond my knowledge as to what has been done to the vehicle over the years. Some guy may have actually wired the stereo into the alarm system. Who knows? Over my past 30 years in vehicle wiring repair, I have seen unbelievable wiring disaters done by guys that consider themselves "mechanics." I have seen stereos and alarms intalled using surgical tape. I have seen modules burn up, un-fused circuits, wiring jambed between the doors and even lamp cord used for a starter kill. To answer alarm questions over the internet without examining the vehicle is like asking; What does it take to remove a dent?

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Education/Credentials-ASE certified. 11 years with a GM dealer and 17 years with a repair facility dealing with only the repair of theft recovered vehicles.

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