Temp gauge

Tiny
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET CAPRICE
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I installed a new temp switch and connected the wire, and still nothing. What would be my next move to fix this gauge? Also I have an unconnected wire that looks just like the one hook to the temp switch on the block, this wire is up by the fire wall ( under the hood) on the passenger side of the car could this be the wire I need connected and where should it be connected? THX
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Friday, December 9th, 2011 AT 8:55 PM

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Tiny
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How many wires were going to the sensor you replaced and what colors were the wires?Also what size engine do you have?
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Friday, December 9th, 2011 AT 8:59 PM
Tiny
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1996 chevy caprice classic 4.3 is the size. There was 2 wires going to the temp switch, their colors are yellow and purple.
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Friday, December 9th, 2011 AT 10:20 PM
Tiny
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I found a single wire sensor with a single dark green wire going to it for the gauge. Do you see one of those?It shows it right above the starter. Let me know what you find.
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Friday, December 9th, 2011 AT 11:57 PM
Tiny
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Is there a place where I can go to see this, my temp switch sensor is kinda high up on the block and no where near the starter its right in the front of the motor. This 350 dosnt have a fan on the motor it has 2 electric fans
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 12:20 AM
Tiny
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350?So is this a 4.3L or 5.7L engine?
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 12:39 AM
Tiny
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Im pretty sure a 4.3
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 12:44 AM
Tiny
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In your last post you mentioned your 350 doesnt have a fan on it. Open the hood and look at the emissions label it will tell you what size engine you have. Let me know.
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 12:53 AM
Tiny
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Says 4.3
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 12:58 AM
Tiny
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Really its (temp switch)not right to the block but on a part that has 2 hoses for rad. Going into it
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:01 AM
Tiny
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Here is the diagram.
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:01 AM
Tiny
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I'll check it out
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:08 AM
Tiny
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Is the sensor you changed under the water pump?
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:08 AM
Tiny
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I think so, but what you showed looked nothing like it
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:18 AM
Tiny
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The one I posted a diagram of is supposed to be the gauge sensor with a single green wire going to it. Let me know if you find that where I posted the diagram of.
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:20 AM
Tiny
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I think so, or it might be on it but what you showed looked nothing like it
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:22 AM
Tiny
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Not there at all looks more like in the water pump
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:28 AM
Tiny
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Look and see if the sensor is where I posted a diagram for.
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:30 AM
Tiny
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Thats the one for the engine coolant temp sensor the one I posted a diagram for is supposed to be the one for the gauge. Keep me posted on what you find.
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:42 AM
Tiny
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Sure its not the same
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 1:54 AM
Tiny
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Yes when I changed it coolant was coming out all over so your saying I should look around by the starter to find the correct one and since I put a temp switch in there need I change it to?
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Saturday, December 10th, 2011 AT 2:02 AM

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