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your going to need

  • screw driver ( Philips)
    some string
    one of those mirror's on a stick ( not necessary but made life a lot easier)
    small hands ( optional but will reduce swearing and speed things up)

    the coolant sensor ( green)
    the coolant sensor gasket
    and the clip ( buy a new one) i got 2 they are cheap and plastic and if they beak your sol till you get a new one ( i bought 2 they are like 75 cents at the dealer)

step 1 removes the flex hose from the air intake
There will still be a black section in the way (and I can’t figure out how to move it so you’re going to have to work at an angle)

step 2 look in there and find out witch one is the coolant sensor (it will have a black wire harness coming out of it ( and the sensor its self is black) ( wacky Germans)

step 3 LEAVE THE WIRE HARNES ON and reach down and pull the clip out to the passenger’s side (well call that left)

step 4 pull the sensor out carefully (you can use the harness just don’t pull to hard) it should come out

step5 when it does come out make sure it has the gasket on it ( or at very least make sure it doesn’t have it and its still in there just know where it is) ( I thought mine fell into the car but it never came out the first time so ii spent like a extra half hour trying to figure out why it wouldn’t sit right with the new gasket and sensor )

Note: like a cup of coolant is going to gurgle out just let it go there is nothing you can do to stop it I tired and failed horribly

step 5a) if the gasket doesn’t come out take a wire hanger and cut the long bottom part out make your self a little handle so you don’t drop it. Then the other end make a little 45 degree hook ( so it looks kind of like a fish hook barb)

My gasket was so old and hard it felt like metal so I couldn’t figure out where it was by hand

Stick in the wire hanger and move it up and down till you feel the lip and then pull the SOB out


step 6) put the gasket on the sensor and then put that on the harness

step 7) shove the whole assembly into the whole move it around a little and make sure its not sticking up


step8 ) take the NEW clip you have and tie the kite string around the clip ( preferably in a granny knot) ( if you don’t know what that is just tie a shoelace knot on it) the point is so if you pull up hard it will come lose but if you drop it you can fish it out ( since the clip weight virtually nothing) TIE THE OTHER END TO SOMETHING (I tied it around my neck because I was using both hands)

step 9)
take the mirror and put it on the other side ( drivers side )_of the sensor so you can look down and see also try to get the flash light positioned so it rests with the light on the hole

step 10) put the clip threw ( the clip is very very similar to the fuel psi regulator set up were the clip goes threw to holes on the side over the sensor and out two more holes )

However the clip is behind the engine in a dark hole made of cheap plastic so in that respect no its not the same

here is the general idea of where its located
http://home.waxedfruit.com/clubb5/crash893/coolantsensor/V6coolantsensor.JPG
that pic was for something else but its under the leftist part of the red circle
( links =56k death)
Here is how everything fit together
http://home.waxedfruit.com/clubb5/crash893/coolantsensor/IMG_2707a.JPG

here is the old sensor
http://home.waxedfruit.com/clubb5/crash893/coolantsensor/IMG_2751.JPG
 

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Cool!

Why don't you make the picture a little smaller and enclose them in the image BB code ->
 

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1) i wont blow up modems
2) i dont want to open them up in photoshop shrink them and then re upload them
3) lazy
4) clicking on the link should be well with in every ones technical ablities ( and if they cant they probably shouldnt be doing the coolant sensor ( or driving))
 

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Nice write-up. I like the safety string idea; it would have saved me 20 minutes of searching for the clip I dropped.

I can't tell from the picture. What color is the plastic portion of your old sensor, black? And what color was the new one that you installed?
 

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crash893 said:
1) i wont blow up modems
2) i dont want to open them up in photoshop shrink them and then re upload them
3) lazy
4) clicking on the link should be well with in every ones technical ablities ( and if they cant they probably shouldnt be doing the coolant sensor ( or driving))
Ok. I get the point. Just thought that it would be nice for the others to view it normally.
 

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would you please share your experience with us in a little detailed way? Thanks, I am going to replace mine.


O22Ripper said:
THAT CLIP IS IMPORTANT - DON'T DO THE JOB WITHOUT IT (I learned the hard way, had to buy new coolant)
 

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Well - currently, my car is sitting in the parking garage without any coolant in it. I replaced the sensor this morning and broke the 75 cent clip while taking it out. I figured I could get away with putting the new sensor in, driving to the dealer, and drive to work to pop it in. Well with the 6 mile round trip - the car smoked really bad, and burned up all my coolant in the tank. As I was coasting into my parking spot, the car read "STOP". So, I have to get a ride to my house, get more coolant, and fix it in the parking garage :(...

Breakdown - buy some new clips! :)

Can we put this in the INFO Forum??? It helped alot...
 
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