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So I removed the AC compressor and hoses because it seized and I haven't bought a new one yet. This is for my 1994 Camaro 3.4L V6. Now when I start the car all my gauges flicker and car almost stalls, if I turn the lights on during this the shuts off. My other issue is that I replaced my thermostat and filled reservoir with coolant. The car does not overheat but the temp gauge goes to 260 and tries to go further. This car is beginning to frustrate me. Someone please help! Thank you

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Are all of the wiring harness connections good ? Is the alternator turning in the correct direction ? And is it charging the battery ?
As for the temp gauge, the sensor grounds the gauge, so you may have a short to ground in the wiring harness.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

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  • Mike LaFrance Jul 16, 2013

    The alternator turns the right way, I just replaced it. It is charging the battery, I'm not sure which harnesses to check. Which wire grounds the gauge? From the thermostat? If so there's no wires from the thermostat just the hose.

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    Stephen Jul 16, 2013

    The reason I asked about the alternator is you can route the belt wrong without the ac compressor and cause the alternator to turn backwards. The main engine harness or the ground cable on the battery could have a weak connection. And the temp sensor is near the thermostat or on the side of the block. There should be two sensors close together, one for the computer and one for the gauge.

  • Mike LaFrance Jul 16, 2013

    Good info, it's dark here so I'm going to check it out tomorrow. Thanks for the help, ill keep the progress posted



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