The temperature guage does not read in a 96 pontiac grand am and the computer reads that the temp sensor is bad but that has been replaced and it still dont work, and once the motor is warmed up the car wont start unless you press the gas as it turns over.
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Re: Temp guage dont read
U are talking about two different sending units, one is the Engine Coolant Temp sensor, the other is the temp guage sender, sounds like you have a bad thermostat, if the engine doesn't reach the proper operating temp it will set a code for the engine coolant temp sensor, and the guage will not move or move very little, replace your thermostat and both problems will go away.
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If it is actually warm, but the gauage has not moved, you probably have a bad temp sensor that feeds the guage. On some cars there are 2 temp sensors, 1 for the computer to it knows how much fuel to give based on coldness, and one for the guage that just shows you in the dash what the temp is. The other 2 ideas would be a bad gauge and a bad wire/cable from the sensor to the gauge. There is not much else it could be if in fact the reading is wrong.
There is a coolant temperature sensor on the top engine block to measure the temperature. Either the connector is loosen or the temp sensor is bad. This sensor is bad will cause the gauge reading fluctuated. Locate the temp sensor and replace it to take care of the problem.
the temperature sending unit on a 97 grand prix 3800 gt(which is also the coolant temperature sensor) is not accurate. the sending unit part of this sensor only sends info to the guage on the dash. the coolant sensor part sends info to the computer of the car. it is located under thermostat and somewhat difficult to get at. i had put a brand new one in and my temperature on my dash is all over the place---even with good thermostat and properly bled system. when i hook up a scanner to my computer, the coolant sensor is sending the computer(ecu??) what seems to be the right temp. anywhere from 194 degrees to 217 when hot. the guage however on dash go from 160 to 260 in less than 2 minutes.
if you have high miles, 75k or more I would go ahead and have tempature sensor and thermostat it self change. I don't see battery cable would have any bearing to the temperatureguage or cooling process. Both switch work almost the same, at time it work well other time it read or work incorrectly because it a sign of unit becoming faulty. If the temperature sensor is faulty half of the time it well give you incorrect reading however if the temp sensor working properly and the Thermostat is not, you will also get a high temp reading due to the Thermostat is not working properly allowing the hot antifreeze to flow out from the engine to the radiator which cause the hot antifreeze to be remain lock up in the engine block. Thermostat suppose to open and close when it reach its temperature; at the same time I would also replace thermostat switch which operate the cooling fan. all three tend to go bad over times; replacing all three is a great ideas. Thermostat, thermostat switch and temperature sensor.
located the temp sending unit check that its pluged in, if it is unplug it and ground the wire to something metal (with the switch on) and see if the gauge moves if it does then your temp sending unit is bad and needs replaced