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Good advice. Can I just reach from under the dash and feel whether this is plugged in or not? Or is it more challenging than that? I have never messed with this before.

In any case I will have it looked at by a mechanic next week I was just curious.
It's easiest just to pull the gauge, it's literally 3 small slotted screws, you'll need a screwdriver small enough, like the one you get in an eyeglass repair kit. It's a 5 minute job, while you're behind there you can replace any worn out bulb, or do like I did and replace the gauge bulbs with LED. Now my dash glows green!
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Oh I can certainly do that. I like jobs I can handle. Will check this out. Anyone have a photo of what it should look like from the back? That way I can see if anything is unplugged?

Would love to see a photo of your dash glowing green!
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Heres your dash from the back. If you can blow it up you can see the labeling I did.
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If you are going to work anywhere under or behind the dash make sure you disconnect one of the battery cables. It doesn't matter which one.

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Thank you for the photo that's really useful. And thanks for the advice so I don't get electrocuted.
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And thanks for the advice so I don't get electrocuted.
You won't get electrocuted but you could cause a fire.

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Before pulling parts off, let's test the gauge and wiring. You'll need a helper. Warm up the engine then shut the key off.
(A Red/White wire can mean, a red wire with a red stripe OR a red wire with a white end cap.) After age, sometimes WHITE becomes darker or more like YELLOW.
  • Have someone in the car to watch the gauge and to turn the key to OFF. (The engine needs to be warm.)
  • Take the Red/White wire off the Temp Sending Unit and hold it tightly on a good ground. If the end cap wire isn't exposed, use a nail or screw to stick in the cap to make contact. Just about any engine metal will do. Don't worry, you can't get a shock from this wire.
  • While holding on ground, turn the key to "ON" (not 'start').
  • Watch the gauge. If it moves the Temp Unit needs to be replaced. If it doesn't move, follow the wire from the sending unit to the firewall to make sure it isn't unplugged.
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Advice appreciated
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Chris great pic of behind the dashboard and labeling. This is an excellent procedure when doing repairs and for future reference. Contribution to our members questions like this from you and John is why I tell everyone that squarebird.org is the best TBird site on the planet Good stuff
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