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I have a 1999 ford explorer with tthe overhead council that has two map lights and the outside digital temperature indicator. the lights still work, but the temperature won't display. I dropped it down and disconnected and reconnected the wires - but still not working. Pushed the mode buttom trying to see if it was turned off - but no effect. is there something under the hood that might have effected this? just put in a new a/c blower motor and that is when I noticed the temp gauge quit working

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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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