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Old 09-11-2002, 07:26 AM
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We call them VRS sensors (variable reluctance sensor). They are commonly used now instead of Hall Effect sensors for crank/cam/wheel speed and position timing. For instance, you can have a maetalic toothed wheel passing the sensor creating a sine wave whose frequency corresponds to the speed of the wheel. If you know how many teeth are on the wheel, you can determine how fast the wheel is turning. If you remove a tooth on the wheel, (called a missing tooth wheel) you will get a gap and a higher signal where the gap occurs. This lets you know when, for instance, you passed TDC. Now you can accurately time you spark and fuel.
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