How to Check a Porsche 944 RPM Speed Crankshaft Reference Sensor and TDC Sensor at the DME harness

Before we begin, it's good that you learn some background information as to what the RPM and TDC sensor do in the car.

The crankshaft sensor provide the DME with the timing and position signals of the engine for correct functioning and performance.

In Motronic systems, once the crankshaft starts to spin, the DME will pick up the reference signals and will trigger systems like the DME relay, the fuel pump activation, timing and, injection.

If this signal is missing, or inadequate, it can generate non starting conditions and also drivability/performance issues.

This tutorial will teach you how to check these sensors and to try to diagnose them correctly.

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***These are basic testing procedures that can be carried out with a Multi-Meter. More extensive testing must be performed with an oscilloscope.***

You will test the RPM Sensor an the DME harness at Pin #8 & Pin #27 and, the TDC Sensor are at Pin #25 & Pin #26.

What you will test with the Multi-Meter is that both the RPM and TDC sensors output an average of about 1,000 Ohms.

Below are some pictures on how to do this...

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Porsche 944 disconnect DME from harness

Set multimeter to Ohms

This is the DME harness pin out

Test the RPM sensor at the DME harness

Test the TDC sensor at the DME harness

Revised 12-2019


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