How to Shop for a Transmission Temperature Gauge Like a Pro
A malfunctioning transmission temperature gauge will not be able to provide an accurate reading of the transmission system's temperature. The initial effect is an overheating engine, but if you do not act right away, you will end up seeing yourself rebuilding the system-with tons of bucks flowing from your pockets. In order to stall the worse scenario, you must replace your gauge immediately. Here are some pointers for you to remember when shopping.
Front-line considerations: looks and other specs
The first thing to do is look for a gauge with an attractive dial because that is what most car owners do. The appearance of the dial itself is a great plus factor that will also capture your taste as a buyer. Next, check the range of the degrees (these are the numbers written on the gauge). Some gauges have a range of 100 to 250 Fahrenheit, while others have 150 to 400. The difference is that, if the transmission system is kept at the desired temperature, the second type will likely have the needle point to the lower reading because of the narrower discrepancy.
If you are looking for modern, there are specially designed gauges that have glitzy features. Some have a magnified tinted lens, an illuminated needle, programmable warning functions with tone, and a stepper motor for accurate reading and smooth needle movement. You can even have a gauge that can be set to a specific color depending on your preference. These modern gauges are programmable, so you do not need to reset your options every time you start your car.
Other things to keep in mind
When shopping for a transmission temperature gauge, choose one with an anti-glare cover and has carbon fiber as material. Most replacement gauges come with the sender and ground wires, as well as the adapter fittings, mounting plate, and terminals. Check if the wires are compliant with the Brown and Sharpe wire gauge, which indicates the current-carrying capacity of the wires. Having all of these parts will make for a worry-free installation. If the gauge has a universal fit or direct-fit, that will allow you to install the device easier. Installation instructions must be included with the unit, and there has to be either a free technical support or a limited warranty.
Transmission Temperature Gauge: Install It Like an Expert
Yes, modern automatic transmission vehicles are easier to drive, but having this type of transmission also entails above-average maintenance. One component that always needs to be in good condition is the transmission temperature gauge. This device monitors the hotness or coldness of your transmission to prevent overheating, which may result to serious damage of the entire transmission system-in one word, expensive. If you have a gut feeling that the temperature gauge for your transmission is going out, then do not wait until that feeling becomes an alarming incident. Act and install a new gauge.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- New transmission temperature gauge
- 14-gauge wire
- Wire eyelets
- Wire stripper
- Male plug or female wire connector
- Socket set
- Drill motor and hole saw bit
Step 1: Place the vehicle in park or neutral and set the emergency brake. Open the hood and disconnect the ground cable from the negative battery terminal.
Step 2: Locate the temperature sensor wire in the hood. Then, find a location for the gauge on your dashboard. Ensure that there is no component behind the location that will block the body of the gauge.
Step 3: Create a hole on the dashboard the same size of the gauge.
Step 4: Cut a length of the 14-gauge wire that will run up to the location of the temperature sensor wire. Run the other end of the wire through a grommet on the firewall, and then route it to the position of the sensor.
Step 5: Strip the end of the wire that is to be connected to the gauge. This is called the
sender wire. Crimp a wire eyelet on the end of the wire, place the eyelet over the S-marked gauge stud, then connect it to the sensor probe. Crimp a male plug on the sender wire and connect it to the sensor probe.
Step 6: Create the
ground wire. First, locate a hole on the metal frame under the dashboard. Drill a hole if there is nothing present. Cut a length of wire that will cover the distance from the back of the gauge to the hole. Strip both ends of the ground wire and crimp a wire eyelet to each end.
Step 7: Connect the end of one wire to the ground screw. Use the screwdriver to tighten the connection. Connect the other wire end to the G-marked gauge stud. Use the socket to tighten the nut.
Step 8: Get to the passenger cabin and locate a fuse with a 12-volt power. Cut a length of wire that can bridge a connection between the fuse box and the gauge. Strip both wire ends, twist one end, and place it under the spade fuse connector. Cut a notch at the bottom part of the fuse box. Place the wire in the notch, refasten the fuse box lid, and route the wire to the back of the gauge hole. Crimp an eyelet on the wire's end and attach it to the I-marked gauge stud.
Step 9: Mount the gauge into the hole, then attach the bracket arms to the metal surface of the dashboard. Secure the brackets with bolts and readjust the face of the gauge. Secure the wires with tie straps or wire loom. Reconnect the negative battery terminal. Start the engine and check if the transmission temperature gauge is working as the engine warms up.