Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Naperville, IL and Phoenixville, PA
I, too, experienced the noise you referred to a couple times. My replacement part from Pep Boys was exactly like the original, plus it obviously had the paper spacer. You might wanna give them a call for a price comparison to the dealer part.
Here's one other possibility on the code 54...
The first thing I replaced was my camshaft position sensor. I didn't replaced the crankshaft sensor until a week or so later. In that week, if I was driving around and the car died I'd have a code for the crankshaft sensor. However, once I tried starting it back up without success, the code switched to the camshaft position sensor.
My point is that if you can't get it started and you're getting a code 54 from unsuccesful cranking, it's just as likely that your crankshaft position sensor is bad as it is your camshaft position sensor...which was, in fact, the case for me. For some reason unsuccesful cranking automatically gave me a code 54 and the car dying gave the crankshaft sensor code.