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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
coolant temp sensor is hidden. you must remove exhaust shield and manifold to access it. it is behind the exhaust manifold.
Posted on Apr 23, 2009
VW Passat & Audi A4 1990-2000
The Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) sensor is mounted in the water outlet on the back side of the head. If you vehicle still has a original VW part it will be black in color with a four terminal connector. This device signals the engine management system with the current coolant temperature, the ECU takes this information and uses it to control other such circuits as the idle speed, knock control system, oxygen sensor circuit, exhaust gas recalculation, and fuel tank venting. It is also important to note that if at any time ECU does not receive a signal from the ECT it will substitute a value of 176°F (80°C).
The Engine Coolant Temperature sensor is mounted in the thermostat housing. The body of the sensor will be blue and the sensor will be blue and have two terminals if it is an original factory VW part.
The engine coolant temperature gauge uses a heat sensitive sending unit to transmit an electrical signal to the gauge. The sending unit is a heat sensitive variable resistor that is located on or near to the cylinder head and threads into an engine coolant passage. The sensors are a Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) type. As the temperature increases, the electrical resistance of the sensor decreases. As the coolant temperature changes, so does the resistance of the sensor. The gauge is calibrated within the operating range of the sensor and interprets the resistance value to display the coolant temperature.On models produced prior to 1994, the engine coolant gauge temperature sensor is a single wire terminal sensor.
Beginning with model year 1994, the engine coolant gauge and the Engine Control Module (ECM) temperature sensors were combined into one sensor with 4 terminals. The basic operation remains the same in that their resistance decreases as the coolant temperature increases, however the actual resistance values of the 2 sensor circuits are different. The electrical connector of the 4-wire terminal sensor (1 and 2) is keyed to prevent improper connection of the sensor's electrical circuit.
WARNING When trouble shooting electrical components, always consult a wiring diagram for the particular year, make and model to ensure proper test equipment connection and diagnosis. Failure to use suitable test equipment and testing methods could permanently damage the electrical component(s).
Fig. Beginning with model year 1994, the Engine Coolant Temperature Sensors combined the sensors for the ECM and the gauge into one sensor-1997 2.8L V6 sensor shown
Fig. The electrical connector for the combined temperature sensors is keyed to avoid improperly connecting the sensor's wiring-1997 2.8L V6 connector shown
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Posted on Oct 13, 2009
The temperature gauge sending unit is located in the front section of the intake manifold, just to the right of the alternator on the 4.6L engines. Got this from autozones repair manuals
Posted on Mar 16, 2010
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