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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stallion85, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    Has anyone actually had to change there temp gage in the dash? I have changed the temp sending unit and check all the wires leading to it but it is still way off. Just wondering how often they go out, I guess my vehicle is almost 20 years old now. It's not too ludicrous!
     
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    mofugly13 1 ton bucket of rust Premium Member

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    It's an easy change if you have to do it. Pull the dash bezel, clear plastic lens assy, and 1 screw that holds the guage in. Then pull out the guage and push in the new one. You'll see how to do it when you rob the one from the JY. I dont know what years are compatible with what; like if you have to match the guage to the sending unit. JY's are full of them, maybe pull a guage and sending unit from the same vehicle??
     
  3. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    I know how to change them, I was just curious if anyone had one break or stop working properly? I guess I will find out this week if that is the problem /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    I changed mine to a mechanical gauge.
     
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    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    How does the mechanical gage differ? Just curious if that would be a better route for me?
     
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    mike reeh 1/2 ton status

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    mechanical temp guages suck, you have to have the annoying thick tubing running thru your firewall and if the line breaks you get to buy a new one.. stick with the electrical temp guage!

    mike
     
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    Will the electrical guages work with older trucks? (E.g. 1984) And what did the trucks come with for stock? Is there an advantage of electrical over mechanical besides the tube that the mech. one has?
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Electric gauges have been stock since the mid 70s.
     
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    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Oh /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif Why do some people change over to mech. then? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Both have their ups and downs. Mechanical is more dependble, but you're less likely to have problems with electric.
     
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    What do you recommend I get (I will be getting a full set of Auto Meter guages in the next year) It's for my DD by the way. Thanks 84_Chevy_k10 /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Probably go with electric. If I ever change, I think I'm going back to an electric gauge.
     
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    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    Okay thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Mechanical is more dependble, but you're less likely to have problems with electric.

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    heh? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    I read that, you're right, it doesn't quite make sense.

    Mechanical is more dependable in the sense that the information is more accurate.

    Electrical you won't have problem with fluids leaking, but the gauge's accuracy is mech less dependable.
     

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