Do you have a temperature gauge sensor that’s not working? It can be frustrating when your car is overheating and the warning light doesn’t work. Fortunately, it is possible to fix a temperature gauge sensor and make it work again!
There are a few things that you can do to try and fix it. The first thing to do is check the sensor itself. It may be dirty or bent which will cause an inaccurate reading on the gauge. You should use compressed air in order to clean out any dirt and debris from the sensor, as well as straighten it if necessary. If this does not work, then your problem could be with your gauge itself and you will need to replace it!
How does it work?
Many people do not know that there is a sensor in their vehicle’s temperature gauge. This sensor, which is usually located near the radiator, measures the temperature of the engine coolant and displays it as the engine cools down.
The majority of these sensors are electronic devices that use thermistors to measure changes in temperature on an electrical circuit. These circuits produce voltage when they change temperature; this voltage can then be measured by a voltmeter or multimeter to determine if the sender has any issues with it.
How to Fix It
The first step to fixing your car’s temperate gauge is checking for any noticeable damage like cracks in a plastic housing or damaged wires.
If there is no visible damage you should move onto troubleshooting by testing continuity in the sensor.
The first step is to check for continuity in your temperature gauge. You can do this by using a multimeter and testing across two of its terminals (positive to one terminal, negative to another). If you get no reading then there’s likely an issue with your sensor.
If you find that there is no problem with the wiring then it may be time to replace the sensor itself. You should remove any dirt or debris from inside the sensing area before doing so as well! This will help make sure that when installed into a vehicle again, it reads accurate data from the engine coolant because if there are still particles interfering it will cause inaccurate readings on how hot your car’s engine really is.
When you have repaired or replaced the temperature sensor, make sure it is working and the engine is not overheating. And you should check the coolant level before you do that, otherwise, you won’t avoid problems again.
Temperature gauge sensors are not difficult to fix. It doesn’t take much effort to clean the sensor or replace it if necessary and you will be able to avoid a lot of problems in the future!