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Temperature Gauge

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Old 11-04-2006, 12:41 AM
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The temperature gauge on my 98 Contour is pegged. I have no signs of overheating, coolant levels are good, no telltale smell of overheating. A coworker told me that the problem is likely a bad wiring connection to the gauge or the gauge has failed but not a thermostat issue. Any suggestions?
 
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:59 AM
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Bad wiring is a good guess, but it could also be a bad relay or temp sensor. Guages usually are a last resort check.
 
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:57 PM
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There is a TSB about this. TSB 98-21 Oct 3 1998
 
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Old 10-20-2007, 03:04 PM
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what does TSB mean? and where can I get a copy. I have a similiar problem except my gauge doesn't move at all.

Please advice.
 
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:03 PM
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I looked under Ford TSB for a 1998 Contour and I can not find the below mentioned TSB. Is it located in a different file??

(There is a TSB about this. TSB 98-21 Oct 3 1998)
 
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by fordfan419 View Post
The temperature gauge on my 98 Contour is pegged. I have no signs of overheating, coolant levels are good, no telltale smell of overheating. A coworker told me that the problem is likely a bad wiring connection to the gauge or the gauge has failed but not a thermostat issue. Any suggestions?
I have the same problem on my 98 there are 2 sencers on the thermostat housing 1 or both are bad. one is for the gauge the other is for the computer.
 
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Old 05-08-2015, 01:28 PM
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There are two temperature sensors in the same general area. One runs the temp gauge, the other connects to the computer. Sounds like the gauge sensor is bad, or maybe a wiring issue. If you get one of those OBD-2 scanners that connects to a computer (e.g. laptop), you'll see what the computer sensor is saying about temps. Generally that one seems more accurate.
 
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