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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 02, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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I'm installing an elec. Temp and Press gauge and the instructions states to run a 18g twin conductor wire from sensor to sensor terminal on gauge.

What is a twin conductor wire?

Will a regular 18g wire work?

Thanks for the help.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 02, 08:02 AM
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Twin conductor wire is like speaker wire.... two wires together.
I don't know what they mean though.... why you'd need to do that.
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You need two wires, one for pos+ 12 volt line and one to run to the sensor oil/water/ on the engine.The meter should ground by the case,or body of the meter.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 23rd, 02, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Tomstv,

The illustration shows three wires a 12v ign to ign terminal on gauge, Engine GND to GND terminal on gauge, and Temp/Press sender to sender terminal on gauge. It only shows one wire from the sender to the gauge, and the sender has only one terminal, so where does the second wire come into the picture?

What am I missing?


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Who's the manufacturer of the gauge(s)? I'd give them a call. Sounds like a typo.... or there's something we're missing.

Unless.... because it's a Temp/Press gauge, they assume there's 2 connections at the sensor itself and the twin-conductor wire connects to those two, then come together at the sensor connection at the gauge.


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The meter should have two lines,te 12volt from ing.,and theother line grounds through the sensor on the engine block. The meter is in line that way , and shows the readings as the water,or oil temps change. so only two lines are needed.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 02, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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I called Auto meter and they said, a single 18g wire from the sender to the gauge will be sufficient. Also, the ground wire need not be close to the sensor as per instructions, any engine/batt ground will work.

The only time a twin conductor (speaker) wire is required is for a fuel gauge sender installation.

Thanks for all the feedback guys!
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 02, 11:12 AM
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I KNEW we were missing something!
Glad you got it figured out Mohawk.
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