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Old 02-11-2012, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Temperature Gauge Not Working '91 318i

Hey guys I recently purchased a '91 318i with a blown headgasket. I am attempting to bring it back to life. Body is in almost perfect shape just needs foglights, front lip, and the clear coat is peeling on the hood. I have pulled and reinstalled the head with a new headgasket and she runs like a beauty now. The only thing I can't figure out is the Temperature gauge. It used to jump (to hot and right back down to cold) when the key made contact and now its not doing anything. I have replaced the temperature coolant sensor and no response. I have also pulled the gauge cluster and checked both of the batteries . They both were showing 3 volts with the volt-meter. Any recommendations or suggestions are welcomed.


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Here are a few pictures of the car and some pictures of the "sludge."



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In E30's, erratic gages may be a fuse issue; it was on mine. Good luck; that's a sweet looking cabrio!
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Nice looking E30. Will be good to see it up and running nicely.
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Tanks.She is good shape now {engine}. Seats in bade shape but whit some time and $ that gonna be nice car. I need some parts like glove box and soon roof handle.How you gays wash radiator and engine inside? The forum is real good and whit all post i fixed may baby.Tans one more time
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I suggest only spot cleaning; you don't want to splash water around the engine compartment.
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O well i tray all kind things.But the owner before keep this car in bad shape.I scraped most oil and dirt.Changed oil and antifreeze but inside of radiator and engine still some -slash-.I think for 1000 i have good deal
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Clean ALL of the breather pipes matey... Doesn't look terminal at this stage !!
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I ready replaced all vacuum hoses,head gasket,water pump,all belts,cooling sensor,air filter,plugs,fluids eng-cooling,oil,filter,fuel filter.What else i need to do?Car was siting about one year?
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