Tempature Gauge Not Working - Team Camaro Tech
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 04, 01:50 AM Thread Starter
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The console tempature gauge in my '69 Camaro is not working. I have taken the lead and grounded it to the A-arm and the gauge jumps to the hot side but when I put it back on the sending unit it just sits in the middle (hot or cold engine). I installed another used sending unit with the same results. In one of the posts I researched here, it mentions a blue resistor on the back of the gauge. Could that be my problem? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Team Camaro.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 04, 05:25 AM
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Could be, it's an 86 ohm resistor (although a 0-100 Ohm Pot set at 91 Ohms works better) that comes with the guage when you buy it, and it does have to be there for the guage to work but all that does is provide the counter EMF to drive the gauge downscale, otherwise the gauge would just go one direction. Something is definately wrong with your wiring if the gauge just sit's in the middle of the scale. It's supposed to be down on the "C" end of the scale with the key on and the engine cold, not in the middle of the scale.

Do you have a ground jumper from the rear metal gauge mounting plate to ground?

Sure you aren't using a temperature switch in the head, instead of a temperature sender? You can't use teflon tape or pipe dope (or have alot of paint) in the threads of the head or sender ir you won't get a good ground connection.

Do you have an Ohm meter? Can you measure any resistance from the center terminal of the sender to ground on the block? If it's open circuited then thats a problem, if you can read somewhere around 300 ohms with a room temperature engine, thats good.

Mark Canning
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