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Old 07-18-2012, 10:59 AM
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Well, if your scared to do that then I don't see why selling the WHOLE car off would help anything.

This is a minor fix in my opinion, and I'm just a shade tree mechanic.

When you buy a replacement car there will just be another small problem like this, are you just going to sell it off too??

Heck, print out our TRL sheet & hire your mechanic to do this for you....

Good luck on whichever you choose,
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Old 07-18-2012, 12:05 PM
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As much as I love squarebirds they can be a nightmare to work on even for experienced mechanics. Compare the wiring with an early 60's Chevy and you'd be amazed how few wires you need when it's designed correctly. Combine that with the confined spaces and you'll be spouting obscenities that you never knew existed. All that being said it's not like it's your everyday car. If you break something you have plenty of time to step back, read up on the problem and try to fix it. We were all novices at one time.

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:44 PM
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I went for a drive around town then hoped on the freeway for a mile. The temp gauge only went to the right side of the T\EMP.

I picked up a laser temp reader at Harbor Frieght for $40. I read the temp at expansion tank It read 177 the radiator read 144 -150 The expansion tank did discharge some fluid when I was doing the readings. My mechanic said it might do this until it settles at a level it likes?
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:16 PM
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Default temp gauge pegged all the way hot

Hi Eric, the fact that your Temp gauge is indicating a reading just to the right of the letter T seems to indicate that your Temp gauge is getting voltage to it and is working. If you let it sit and idle for awhile, does that temperature reading rise on the needle? If so, I would say you have a working Temperature gauge. Regarding the expansion tank. The function of it is to let heated water to "expand" into it, rather than boil over, as I understand it. I recall reading recently that someone said that the expansion tank should only be about 1/3 full of coolant. Not filled up to the brim, or 3/4, but about 1/3 of the way full. This allows the hot water to rise some more without spilling out your coolant through the drain tube that should be attached to it.

You said that your Fuel gauge was not working or indicating anything I gather. Since your Temp gauge appears to be working, your Fuel gauge should be also indicating something. As I recall, the lead from the CVR unit goes from the output side to the input of the Fuel gauge first (Someone correct me if I am wrong), and then to the Temp part of the gauge. The fact that your fuel gauge is not indicating could be caused by other things than the CVR unit. Lets assume that your CVR unit is putting out an oscillating 0-6V to the Fuel gauge and the Temp gauge. But your fuel gauge is not indicating anything.

Where is the needle sitting on the Fuel gauge. On the letter E or the letter F? Or anywhere in between? The problem might not be with your CVR unit at all, if your Temp gauge is indicating correctly now, but either in an adjustment made to the back of the Fuel gauge, or your sending unit in the tank is bad, or you do not have a good ground on it. Those are the areas I would check into before I try to pull and check the CVR unit.

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