2005 Honda Accord 2005 Accord ect sensor

Tiny
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2005 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 42K miles

I took my well cared for 2005 accord to the shop as the engine light came on. I was charged upfront $89.00 just to check for the problem (diagnostic)with the computer. Then they said I needed a new ECT sensor and subharness for $480.00. Does this sound right? Is there any warranty of other recourse. This seems very steep. Are they ripping me off?

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 AT 6:43 PM

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Tiny
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89 for a diagnostic fee? Autovalue does for free!

What is the exact code that is showing up?

Post it back so I can help you better to know if they are lying or what.
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 AT 9:59 PM
Tiny
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They gave me an estimate on paper and it says P0128. ECT sensor and harness fault.

Kevin
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 AT 11:29 AM
Tiny
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First thing to do is always check the coolant level, if that is good check the cooling fan make sure its no overcooling, if it is cooling too much from a faulty switch the ECT will register a lower degree then the switch causing the code.

If thats not it then your ECT *engine coolant temp sensor or engine temp sensor* may be bad or the IAT sensor may be bat IAT=intake air temp sensor.

If those are not the remedy then maybe you have a bad thermostat.
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 AT 6:13 PM
Tiny
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I checked and it looks like I need a new sensor. Is that cost legit? It sound very high.
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Friday, May 2nd, 2008 AT 7:35 AM
Tiny
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The sensor should be no more then 80 bucks for a new one, you shouldnt need a harness.
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Friday, May 2nd, 2008 AT 3:35 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the reply. One more question. How long should it take to install this sensor?
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Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 AT 8:04 PM
Tiny
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10 minutes, but dont expect them to hurry, expect a 30 min. Fee.
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Sunday, May 4th, 2008 AT 8:54 AM
Tiny
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I would like to do this myself. I can not locate the ECT sensor. Where is it? It is ECT#1 correct? Thanks, Kevin
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Monday, May 12th, 2008 AT 11:58 AM
Tiny
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Cant find a diagram on it sorry, look around the manifold and throttle body, even near lower radiator hose. Try finding a pictureo nline and looking for it.
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Monday, May 12th, 2008 AT 4:04 PM
Tiny
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For future reference the ECT is also called the radiator fan switch. It's located right next to the lower radiator hose.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 9:44 AM

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