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Old 01-24-2005, 05:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm no human thermometer but I'm pretty sure that it's not -40*F here in mostly sunny SoCal. So obviously I need to fix the external temp thing. How do I go about testing to see what the problem is? Is this something that I can troubleshoot and fix myself?
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I'm no human thermometer but I'm pretty sure that it's not -40*F here in mostly sunny SoCal.* So obviously I need to fix the external temp thing.* How do I go about testing to see what the problem is?* Is this something that I can troubleshoot and fix myself?
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It is one of two things: temperature sensor went south or bad wire.
Locate the sensor 1st—tucked-in behind your left fog lights. My car had a yellow connector/2 wires. Once you find the sensor; test it and test the wire (usually bad wire due to its location and its dirty living conditions) and if you have to change the sensor; don’t expect immediate accurate reading either. That thing takes its time calibrating itself to the proper outside temp.

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Old 01-24-2005, 05:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yup, it's a yellow connector on most bmws and it's around left foglight or somewhere above that.

new sensors cost around 25-30 us dollars.
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yup, it's a yellow connector on most bmws and it's around left foglight or somewhere above that.

new sensors cost around 25-30 us dollars.
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Excellent info. as such I accessed the sensor by taking the plastic grill/fog light out. You cann't miss a Pointy little thing.
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Originally posted by billB+Jan 24 2005, 07:46 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(billB @ Jan 24 2005, 07:46 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Torque@Jan 25 2005, 12:37 AM
yup, it's a yellow connector on most bmws and it's around left foglight or somewhere above that.

new sensors cost around 25-30 us dollars.
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Excellent info. as such I accessed the sensor by taking the plastic grill/fog light out. You cann't miss a Pointy little thing.
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To clarify (or confse things). and it depends on year/model maybe, but on my 1999 540, the temp sensor is behind the passenger side foglight, which is the left side only if you are standing in front of the car looking at it. In other words, I though it was on the "right" side of the car (the whole right/left thing can get confusing sometimes)...

Please clarify whether you meant passenger side or driver's side for that sensor location, thanks!
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I concur on temperature sensor and the majority of the time it is a fried electrcal connector on the fog light (the plastic gets old and she crumbles). I have made numerous new connectors by cutting the wires aft of the electrical connector and crimping some female electrical connectors onto the old wires (I buy the connectors at any parts store and they are, I believe, 16/24 designation). I just did my turn signal/parking light connector using this method.
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yup, it's a yellow connector on most bmws and it's around left foglight or somewhere above that.

new sensors cost around 25-30 us dollars.
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Excellent info. as such I accessed the sensor by taking the plastic grill/fog light out. You cann't miss a Pointy little thing.
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To clarify (or confse things). and it depends on year/model maybe, but on my 1999 540, the temp sensor is behind the passenger side foglight, which is the left side only if you are standing in front of the car looking at it. In other words, I though it was on the "right" side of the car (the whole right/left thing can get confusing sometimes)...

Please clarify whether you meant passenger side or driver's side for that sensor location, thanks!
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As usual I cann't get away with many thing anymore. That is OK with me but when instructing the gentleman to locate the temp sensor; we assume he will take some position (standing in space and time) to take one of the fog lights out. Since the only way he can do this-- is by facing the car-- I trust a left fog light also will stay in the same position (existing in space and time) until he takes it out. This left deal is so vaild even for British drivers where a passenger side does not exist in the same space like ours!!!
You're not turning this post into another existentialist "human-measurement" post. Are you? LOL
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yup, it's a yellow connector on most bmws and it's around left foglight or somewhere above that.

new sensors cost around 25-30 us dollars.
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Excellent info. as such I accessed the sensor by taking the plastic grill/fog light out. You cann't miss a Pointy little thing.
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To clarify (or confse things). and it depends on year/model maybe, but on my 1999 540, the temp sensor is behind the passenger side foglight, which is the left side only if you are standing in front of the car looking at it. In other words, I though it was on the "right" side of the car (the whole right/left thing can get confusing sometimes)...

Please clarify whether you meant passenger side or driver's side for that sensor location, thanks!
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Dear Eric

As usual I cann't get away with many thing anymore. That is OK with me but when instructing the gentleman to locate the temp sensor; we assume he will take some position (standing in space and time) to take one of the fog lights out. Since the only way he can do this-- is by facing the car-- I trust a left fog light also will stay in the same position (existing in space and time) until he takes it out. This left deal is so vaild even for British drivers where a passenger side does not exist in the same space like ours!!!
You're not turning this post into another existentialist "human-measurement" post. Are you? LOL
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Nah, I'll let you off easy this time Bill.
In general I always try to refer to "passenger side" or "driver's side" to alleviate confusion about left/right. But the point is to make the point, and I think there's no doubt that was done...
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yup, it's a yellow connector on most bmws and it's around left foglight or somewhere above that.

new sensors cost around 25-30 us dollars.
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Excellent info. as such I accessed the sensor by taking the plastic grill/fog light out. You cann't miss a Pointy little thing.
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To clarify (or confse things). and it depends on year/model maybe, but on my 1999 540, the temp sensor is behind the passenger side foglight, which is the left side only if you are standing in front of the car looking at it. In other words, I though it was on the "right" side of the car (the whole right/left thing can get confusing sometimes)...

Please clarify whether you meant passenger side or driver's side for that sensor location, thanks!
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Dear Eric

As usual I cann't get away with many thing anymore. That is OK with me but when instructing the gentleman to locate the temp sensor; we assume he will take some position (standing in space and time) to take one of the fog lights out. Since the only way he can do this-- is by facing the car-- I trust a left fog light also will stay in the same position (existing in space and time) until he takes it out. This left deal is so vaild even for British drivers where a passenger side does not exist in the same space like ours!!!
You're not turning this post into another existentialist "human-measurement" post. Are you? LOL
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Nah, I'll let you off easy this time Bill.
In general I always try to refer to "passenger side" or "driver's side" to alleviate confusion about left/right. But the point is to make the point, and I think there's no doubt that was done...
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