post #1 of Old 08-12-2013, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Temperature gauge sending unit

Does anyone know where the sensor that drives your temp gauge is located? I have '89 4.2L.

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post #2 of Old 08-12-2013, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Can anyone help me? My temp gauge is reading in the red after only driving for a few minutes. The radiator is full and so is the reservoir. I think my sensor has gone but I don't know where it is. My gauge is a one year old autometer and has worked accurately until recently. My guess is the sensor.
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Back of the intake manifold behind the carburetor. Just right of the valve cover. Has a single lead on top.

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It is on the cylinder head itself, driver side near firewall.

There are 2 sensors on the intake, they are for the computer: knock sensor and temp sensor (does not drive gauge, for computer only)_

418 miles on 19 gallons of gas. Can't beat the BBD !
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Ground the sensor wire to the block and the guage should go to 0. If it does then your sensor is bad. If it doesn't then you have a wiring issue.
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Ground the sensor wire to the block and the voyage should go to 0. If it does then your sensor is bad. If it doesn't then you have a wiring issue.
How do you do this without screwing up the fitting on the end of the wire? It's a cap that fits over the threaded part of the sensor.
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Use a #8 machine screw, 1 inch or longer

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Thanks for the info but I was referring to how to ground the wire without screwing up the fitting.
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I'm trying to determine of the wiring is bad or the sensor.
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Put the screw in the open end of wire, touch screw head to engine block. It won't screw up the terminal.
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Great idea. Thanks.
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Thank Old4X, it was his idea.
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I didn't get that at all. Haha I can be a little slow sometimes. Thanks for your patience.
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