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Old 04-17-2011, 03:27 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Outside Temperature Sensor Going Bad?

I have a question.

I just took my Machine out of the garage to give her a nice wash. It is cool inside my garage, but in the driveway in the sun it is in the 70's today. The car was in the direct sun for about 30 minutes. It was hot enough, that the car almost dried itself sitting in the sun. When I cranked her up to put her back in the garage I noticed the reading on the display for the outside temperature said 56 degrees. It is much warmer than that. I guess the sensor is going bad? It obviously should have read a much higher number sitting in the direct sun.

When I think about it, I noticed it was reading colder than normal the last time I drove it, but since it was a much cooler day, I didn't think much about it.

I don't know where the sensor is, how do I locate the temperature sensor ? Is it something simple to replace?

F.Y.I. Everything else in the display is working correctly.

2004 SE. 5-speed

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you only get an accurate reading after driving for a while. The stand still temps are usually never right.
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you only get an accurate reading after driving for a while. The stand still temps are usually never right.
Qwik, thank you. I will have to drive it and see what it does.

Like I stated, the last time I drove it, I thought it was reading cooler than normal. I will see what happens on the next outing.
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Default Re: Outside Temperature Sensor Going Bad?

Thunder,
I'd have to agree with Qwik. Mine seems to read a little low until I start driving.
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Default Re: Outside Temperature Sensor Going Bad?

You can run a self diagnostic check to test. Mine is normally pretty accurate even just sitting in the sun. The sensor is in the bumper.
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Thunder, you just have a cool car man.
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Default Re: Outside Temperature Sensor Going Bad?

I just did a quick run to the grocery store. When I started the car the reading was 60 degrees. That was a few degrees warmer than earlier today. But it is about 75 outside.

I parked at the store with the front bumper facing the sun. I was in the store 15 minutes. I came out and it read 61 degrees.

I think something is wrong.
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Default Re: Outside Temperature Sensor Going Bad?

It's your ambient sensor.
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