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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Re: outside temperature gage display quit working
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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Could be the blower motor, or an oil leak in the engine compartment. When the hvac is on anything except recirculate, it draws fresh air in from the engine compartment. You could switch over to recir and see if the smell goes away.
Fuel tanks have a vent tube and a charcoal cannister to capture the gas fumes from the tank. It's possible there is a cracked or loose hose, faulty fuel cap, bad canister or a fuel leak and any one of many connections. Investigate for sign of raw fuel along the underside of te vehicle, and in the engine compartment. Attempt to follow the smell to isolate the location of a leak.
Could be two different problems. If the check engine light is not on, I would look at the vapor canister for the gas tank. Its usually mounted in the engine compartment. If you have a small oil leak, the fumes will be sucked into the passenger compartment thru the cowl vents.
This most certainly sounds like a water pump issue. The thermostate is located inside the water pump housing and if the pump is bad you'l lose fluids and need to add every day or so. The temp guage will run hot and often the heater won't warm up. You have even notice fluids on the ground below the front passenger side of the car. Try getting a pressure test first before replacing anything. That's a good place to start the diagnosis.
In the morning,it is quite common for some white smoke to appear due to the difference in temperature of the outside and the heat of the engine,but should stop after warming up.If there is excessive smoke,there could be more wrong,possibly a blown head gasket.Try having a pressure check done on the cooling system as well as a compression test done on the cylinders.
Well the outside temperature gauge is generally not wired into the a/c. The internal temperature is more important but is not displayed as such. The 'internal' temperature sensor is used to regulate the a/c blending door and blower speed.
It could be the temp sender unit located in the engine compartment. Is this the only part of the console that is bad (ie the compass still functions)? Have you tried unplugging the battery to reset everything?
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