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Old 08-31-2004, 04:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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does anyone have any problems with their trip computer not being able to check the external temperature.???

here's the skinny before i purchased the car. the day my dad and I checked out the car, i noticed a black cable with a yellow plug hanging under the driver's side fog light. My temperature gauge was fine before my dad took it to his friend's shop. the day I got my car back from the shop, i noticed the plug was gone [it was either plugged into something, or completely taken out]. But ever since then, my computer tells me that the temp outside is -35 degrees F.

everything else on my comp is just fine, speed, timer, distance and mpg, its just that my comp constantly reads the temperature at -35 degrees Fahrenheit.

Has anyone else had this problem??? what can I do to fix this?
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Sounds like someone cut the sensor.... and left the wire... I've seen a few of them just hanging and still get good temp readings... I would look into that.. and try and find a hanging wire.. that temp is most likely the default reading if that senson went bad... Look around.. you might find an extra wire or two in there...


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yep. replace the temp sensor.
teach you to let someone who doesnt know, to mess with your car.
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Old 08-31-2004, 09:52 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ya, mine doesn't work also... the guy who had it b4 me loved splicing shit, so i spent so much money on just fixing the car... but now its it better shape then it'll ever be in!~
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previous owner of mine did some serious splicing too. all kinds of weird splices found uner the hood and trunk area.
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Wow. I'm not alone.

The PO of my car actually spliced the fog lights to run off the low beams!
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fucking shit... that sucks..... it seems certain persons develop an affinity for cutting wires and splicing cables...
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