2002 Ford E-Series Van E-350 van gets code 1299 and 1285


Van will run fine at times but will act up randomly, When it does temp gauge will peg out and oil temp light will come on. The engine is not overheating. When I checked the live data a couple of days ago everything looked fine, but, it was not acting up. Today while it was acting up only thing on the live data was that the temp was making radical change very fast (temp reading changed anywhere from 30 to 60 degrees either direction in a second) One moment would read 258 next would read 290 then a second later read 230 the back up to 280 just within about 3 or 4 seconds. When I researched the codes found people have grounding issues which I did find a bad ground to which I fixed that and cleaned the rest of the grounds plus added a secondary engine to body ground plus another ground to tie the main body to engine ground into the battery to body ground. After seeing these reading I figure that the temp sensor is the culprit and am finding that the ECT is no longer used and only a CHT is basically doing both jobs. Just need to know if this is the case and exactly where is the CHT located.

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013 AT 10:44 PM

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Ensuring a good ground was a good thing to do. I would also replace both sensors the coolant temp sensor and the oil pressure sensor there is cheap enough. Then see how it goes from their.

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Friday, June 28th, 2013 AT 12:15 AM

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