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Old 02-23-2008, 12:06 PM   #1
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How to test gauge?

Hello, well I have an 82 t/a and recently swapped in a fresh 350. The car was an LU5 crossfire car(motor was already gone) and i was able to hook up everything succesfully except the temp gauge is not working.I just cant seem to get it to work regardless of what i attempt. Is ther a way to test the gauge and or circuit? Also am i correct in assuming the sender for that gauge is in the cylinder head or should it be in the intake manifold? thanks for any help
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Re: How to test gauge?

The sender for the gauge is on the driver side, between #1 and #3. The wire will be green and alot of the times the case is the sender. I paid 8 bucks for the sender. the temp gauge works rather simply, just apply a "small voltage" to the gauge and see if it moves. A 1.5 volt AA battery will peg the gauge if it's working, and could possibly damage it. Try to bust out the voltmeter and see if you can find a used but not dead AA. Also to test the accuracy of the gauge you will need to apply ohms to the gauge. The higher the ohms the less temp the gauge will read. for instance, 1060 ohms will read about 110, whereas 75 ohms will read about 260 degrees.

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Ok well i was close i put the sender on the pass. side head-oops- but thanks for the info will deff. be checking that out today, I see in your sig your car has or had cfi also. I think it was a unique deal, I got some cfi parts left in the car too. thanks!
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Re: How to test gauge?

My gauge doesn't read properly. It doesn't reset to the correct temperature. It pegs on crank, then goes wherever the hell it feels like. But let's say it feels like going to 190, I can watch it raise up to past 260. And I know it's 60 degrees outside and I'm starting it first thing in the morning. The fact that the gauge still tracks makes me think that the sensor works, just the gauge doesn't.

Is there any way to test the gauge out of the car? I bought a used gauge from MDM, and I want to test it before I just toss it in the car and hope for the best.

F: Coolant Temperature Gage Test
  1. Disconnect the Coolant Temperature Sender connector and place the Ignition Switch in RUN.
    1. If the Coolant Temperature Gage reads cold, go to the next step.
    2. If the Coolant Temperature Gage does not read cold, check BLK (150) wire at terminal of Instrument Cluster Printed Circuit connector C2 for an open (this is the black wire coming off of the black connector for the PCB at terminal 9) and DK GRN (35) wire and terminal G1 of Ignition Switch connector C1 (this is the dark green wire coming off of the black ignition switch connector) for a short to ground. Repair/replace as necessary.
  2. Turn Ignition Switch to BULB TEST.
    1. If the Coolant Temperature Gage reads hot, go to the next step.
    2. If the Coolant Temperature Gage does not read hot, check DK GRN (35) wire for an open (see schematic) (you want to check it for an open between the ignition switch and the coolant temperature gauge. Not sure which location it runs to.). Replace Ignition Switch if wire is OK.
  3. Ground DK GRN wire at Coolant Temperature Sender Connector.
    1. If Coolant Temperature Gage reads hot, replace the Coolant Temperature Sender.
    2. If the Coolant Temperature Gage does not read hot, check DK GRN (35) wire for an open. Replace the Coolant Temperature Gage if wire is OK.
Coolant Temperature Gage
The Coolant Temperature Gage is also operatied by two coils. Battery voltage is applied to both coils. One is grounded directly and the other is grounded through the Coolant Temperature Sender. This has 55 ohms resistance at 260* F (hot coolant) and its resistance increases at lower temperatures. Resistance is approximately 1400 ohms at 100* F. This causes the current flow through the sender and one coil to increase as the coolant temperature increases. This moves the pointer.

Also, this came out of my Helm manual for a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro. YMMV.

Just tested my temp gauge. There were three prongs that the thing mounted on. The top was power, left and right were grounds. Left was ground from the sensor, and the right was ground during cranking. If you hook up a 9v positive to the power, negative to ground, it should peg the gauge. If not, gage is bad. It might be bad under other circumstances, but it's 100% bad under that circumstance.

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