Water Temperature Gauge
Is your car's water temperature gauge starting to show signs of wear and tear? If it's damaged or broken beyond repair, it's time to install a new one. Keep in mind that this gauge helps you figure out engine problems before they get worse. So before a faulty water temp gauge starts to cause havoc on your car engine, get a new one as soon as possible. Fortunately, installing a new temperature gauge on your car is a fairly easy task as long as you're equipped with the right tools and basic repair skills. Simply follow the steps below to install one in a jiffy.
Tools you'll need:
- Diagram of your car's wiring system
- Repair manual
Step 1: Remove the dashboard cover.
The right way to remove your car's dashboard cover depends on the make and model. This is why you need a repair manual with you while doing this process. Follow the instructions on the manual on how to properly remove the dashboard cover. Be careful when removing the cover to prevent damaging other components and gauges that are attached to it.
Step 2: Remove the water temperature gauge.
Once you've located this temp gauge, slide it out of the compartment. If it won't budge, use a screwdriver to pry it out of the housing. If it's screwed or bolted on the dashboard, use a wrench to carefully remove the gauge; make sure you follow your car's manual instructions on how to remove gauges. After removing the gauge, you'll be able to see the wires at the back.
Step 3: Disconnect the wires.
As you disconnect the wires at the back of the gauge, take note of their routing. Consult your car's manual or wiring diagram to make sure you got everything right. By making a mental note of how wires are routed at the back, you won't have too much trouble putting them back together once you've attached the new water temperature gauge.
Step 4: Attach the new gauge.
Put the new gauge in position and reconnect the wires at the back. Double-check the routes, making sure that all the wires are connected to the right ports. Lock the new gauge in position by pushing it down.
Step 5: Reinstall the dashboard.
Once you've properly connected the wires and the new water temperature gauge, reattach the dashboard by following the instructions on your car manual. Double-check all the other devices and gauges attached to the dashboard, making sure that they're properly reinstalled.
- Be extra careful when reconnecting wires at the back of the water temperature gauge. Any mistake can lead to inaccurate readings and improper car problem diagnosis.
- If you don't have your car manual with you, look it up online. Many automotive shops also provide car manuals for various car makes and models at very affordable prices.
- To help you deal with confusing or complicated gauge wiring routes, making your own diagram as you remove each wire is a good idea. This way, you have your own notes on the wiring routes in case you lose the car manual.