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Unread 07-05-2007, 03:18 PM   #1
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Really Strange Part...on my Compass

Maybe I just never noticed this before, but I was adjusting the underglow lights on my Compass and came upon this really strange looking part. I'm not really a mechanic, so maybe it's something obvious, But I don't every remember seeing it before and it's being held up with regular masking tape.
Maybe it has something to do with the airbag system.

Does anyone know what it is?

Does your Compass have one too?

btw if it's not clear, it's in the front right fender.







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Unread 07-05-2007, 03:45 PM   #2
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Unread 07-05-2007, 05:41 PM   #3
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Is this it?

Two front impact sensors (1) are used on this vehicle, one each for the left and right sides of the vehicle. These sensors are mounted remotely from the impact sensor that is internal to the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). Each front sensor is secured with a screw to the backs of the right and left vertical headlamp bars on either side of the radiator within the engine compartment. The sensor housing has an integral connector receptacle (4), an integral anti-rotation pin (3), and an integral mounting hole (2) with a metal sleeve to provide crush protection.
The right and left front impact sensors are identical in construction and calibration. A cavity in the center of the molded black plastic impact sensor housing contains the electronic circuitry of the sensor which includes an electronic communication chip and an electronic impact sensor. Potting material fills the cavity to seal and protect the internal electronic circuitry and components. The front impact sensors are each connected to the vehicle electrical system through a dedicated take out and connector of the engine compartment wire harness.
The impact sensors cannot be repaired or adjusted and, if damaged or ineffective, they must be replaced.
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Unread 07-05-2007, 05:46 PM   #4
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I would have sworn that this was the temperature sensor for the EVIC function.

Since it is hiding in the front under the grill area... in front of the radiator by looking at the photos...

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Unread 07-05-2007, 06:04 PM   #5
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Gramps...
I was thinking that too, but it's not as described, It's outside of the engine compartment, and there isn't one on the other side, it's alittle loose too to be a sensor, I could easly move it with my hand back and forth.

phonegunner...
That what someone else suggested, but why is it so big, and then held up by duck tape. But it probably is the temp.
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Unread 07-05-2007, 06:31 PM   #6
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This is what they're calling the Ambient Temp Sensor, it doesn't look right either.
ambiant-temp-sensor.jpg   ambiant-temp-sensora.jpg   ambiant-temp-sensorb.jpg   ats.jpg  
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Unread 07-05-2007, 07:06 PM   #7
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Exactly what it is. Just minus the platisic coil to cover the wires and masking tape lol. Kinda big for a thermometer lol

Thanks for all your help.
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Unread 07-05-2007, 07:10 PM   #8
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Oh no! You have a GPS tracking system enstalled in your Jeep!!! What have you done that the FBI would do that to your rig? No but really why would they make something so exposed?
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Unread 07-05-2007, 08:16 PM   #9
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Exactly what it is. Just minus the plastic coil to cover the wires and masking tape lol. Kinda big for a thermometer lol

Thanks for all your help.
I'm glad that we solved that mystery . I was afraid that with your user name maybe a terrorist group was after you!
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Unread 07-05-2007, 09:31 PM   #10
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If you ever look at your intake, one of the sensors in there looks just like that.

Oh, and it's not a car, it's a Jeep. Even the Compass.
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Unread 07-06-2007, 04:30 AM   #11
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Ted – Thanks for the tip on the air temp sensor!

AmercanEagleDud – Don’t know why it’s so big. The illustration shows a plastic holder for the wires, maybe they ran out?

Ben – THANKS! Everybody - Jeep doesn’t build cars, they’re all JEEPS, a category all to ourselves! It's a Jeep thing.
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