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Outside temperature gage display quit working

Somehow a pile of leaves got sucked up into the engine compartment. I noticed a weird smell as I was driving and noise from under the hood. Also I noticed the temp gage was blank. When I lifted the hood somehow a huge pile of leaves had completely filled in the engine compartment. I cleaned it out and got as much out as i could but the outside temp gage still doesn't register. It was working fine before.

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    Was on the highway for 5 mins. Got to my destination and noticed smoke coming from under the hood on the drivers side. Had a smell like burnt rubber. Drove home (slowly). Temp gage was normal but RPM dial was fluctuating between under 1 RPM's to over 3 while driving at 50 kms.

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Outside temp sensor is located on the same bar that supports the hood latch. it sounds like something is liking the warmth of the engine compartment and starting to nest. open the hood and locate the sensor, folllow the wire to see where it is broken, do not be surprised to see that it may be chewed through.as vermin seem to make a meal of the wires insulation. they especially like to crawl under the intake and feast on the knock sensor wires. where I work in south Jersey I do a lot of wiring repairs due to rodent / vermin damage

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