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Unread 03-16-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Lebaron Hood Vents & TPS

To inform everyone who has or is thinking about Lebaron Hood Vents, you may need to reconsider.

Since they have been installed on my 96 Classic in June 2011 I have been through 6 TPS sensors. Yes, 6. Thankfully they are under warranty, but i will be soon thinking of something to fix this issue for the future.

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Unread 03-16-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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Ok... So what's the correlation ?
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Unread 03-16-2012, 04:32 PM   #3
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The correlation is that the sensor gets wet and needs to be replaced.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #4
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The TPS sensor is a bit sensitive to moisture. I wonder if there is anything that can be done about that (like say, drip pans). Wonder how much dilectric grease would help.

Have you guys ever pulled a bad one apart? its a strip of plastic, with 2 contacts. They usually wear out a spot in the middle from the throttle staying in one small area.
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Unread 03-16-2012, 08:18 PM   #5
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Hmm, yah i have a hard time believing in less than 1 year that 6 could go bad JUST from having hood vents. Did you keep exchanging these sensors "under warranty"? Where from?
How were you sure that the TPS was the problem?
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Unread 03-16-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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If your getting your TPS from autozone or napa or something your already dealing with an inferior sensor. Anytime your buying a sensor for your jeep its highly recommended you buy OEM from the stealership.

That said, I would believe you. Both times I cleaned my engine bay the TPS went bad, and I have had multiple friends have theirs go bad after water under the hood. This is a big reason I'm not jumping on the hood vent band wagon until I find a good way to make drip pans or silicon a lot of stuff under the hood.
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Unread 03-17-2012, 12:15 AM   #7
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I've had the LeBaron vents on my jeep for at least a year, driving in rain, gotten snow on the motor and haven't had a single issue at all with sensors going bad. I seriously doubt you got 6 bad sensors, seriously.
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Did you grease them? Also whered you get them?
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If your getting your TPS from autozone or napa or something your already dealing with an inferior sensor. Anytime your buying a sensor for your jeep its highly recommended you buy OEM from the stealership.

That said, I would believe you. Both times I cleaned my engine bay the TPS went bad, and I have had multiple friends have theirs go bad after water under the hood. This is a big reason I'm not jumping on the hood vent band wagon until I find a good way to make drip pans or silicon a lot of stuff under the hood.
Knock on wood, but my Advance TPS has been trucking along fine for a year... Those Chinese fellows get something right out of the factory once and a while.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 10:58 AM   #10
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I've had the RunCool vents in my hood for at least 3 years, which let in a ton of water and snow and whatever else. Still have the stock TPS in there.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 11:11 AM   #11
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It's rained nonstop here the last few days, and i see that my TPS is directly in the path of the vent...so I'll be updating if i have issues.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 11:23 AM   #12
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It rained like nuts here last night..I went out and started my Jeep about 2 hours after and it was fine. I have the same vents at GtiKyle..
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Unread 03-20-2012, 11:28 AM   #13
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For what it's worth.. it probably wouldn't be to hard to make a bracket that mounts to the existing TB bolts, and then make something that comes up and over the TPS to block it from the downfall of water..

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Unread 03-20-2012, 03:10 PM   #14
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I just covered my TPS up with a small piece of aluminum flashing that directs anything coming through my vents away.
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Unread 03-20-2012, 09:07 PM   #15
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I just rigged this up tonight.. uses the throttle body bolt locations...this should suffice...and just **** ****s I made a MAP cover too



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