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H2O temp gauge vs Trans temp gauge

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AZ75K5, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. AZ75K5

    AZ75K5 Registered Member

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    Can a mechanical water temp gauge be used in place of a transmission temp gauge? It seems as though that would be possible. They are just a temp sensor attached to a gauge, right? As long as the degree scale is suitable, I think it would work. Any insight?
     
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    Sure, providing the sending units are the same. With aftermarket units you're prolly in good shape.

    I took the ammeter out of my factory dash -- damn thing never worked anyway, and with triple batteries it'd be meaningless :D ... took a factory water temp gauge and put the ammeter dial face on it, and then plumbed a factory water temp sender inline with my tranny line.

    Was it worth it? Donno. Cheap, but a LOT of effort, as opposed to the $50 you pay for the B&M kit from Summit.

    -- A
     
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    That makes sense. Anyone else? I want to hurry up and get one ordered in
     
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    where do you put the sending unit for a trans temp guage do you just tee into the return line from the cooler or is there a different spot?
    Also which do you all think is better mechanical or electrical?
     
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    I would splice the "T" into the cooler feed line (between tranny and cooler), because I want to know how much the transmission is heating the fluid...not how well the cooler is working. I think mechanical is the most simple set up on any rig thats not already equipped with all the electronics. Also, Im thinking you can use a mechanical water temp gauge (cheaper) in place of a tranny cooler gauge...but im still waiting for more response on this.
     
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    If you are talking after market mecnanical guages, then yes it will work. The sensor is for heat not for identification of the fluid it i placed in. Heck the same guage can measure a pot of beans on the stove, it really won't matter.
     
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    Thanks Matt. :bow:

    BTW...nice work on the "pot of beans" metaphor. :wink1:
     
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    i use em for all my cooking on the trail. mmmm mmmm 185 degree pot of soup.
     
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    You mean like this ...

    this was testing the resistance of the factory sender at different temperatures...

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    cooking-sender.jpg
     

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