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Outside temperature thermometer on 2005 Ford Freestar van

The thermometer giving the outside temperature is showing improper readings in both C.or F., how can I reset it. Reads about 100o too high

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  • OldVanMan Feb 05, 2009

    I have the same problem on my 2005 van. My theory is that that the sensor got jarred and is close to the engine block. I haven't had a chance to search for it yet.

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My thermometer is blinking -40 degrees how can i fix this

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