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Old 02-06-2001, 10:21 AM   #1
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Question Where is your oil temp sender?

I've got mine in the center of my oil drain plug and it's a horrible location. Does anyone else have an oil temp gauge, and if so, where is your sender installed? What kind of temps do you see at idle, cruising and if turbo'ed, under boost? Thanks!
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Old 02-06-2001, 10:24 AM   #2
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Yup, oil drain plug replaced by oil temp sender. That's the way mine is.

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Old 02-06-2001, 11:05 AM   #3
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Yeah, I think it's a horrible location too. In the winter months, I hardly ever read anything over 60c and 50c is where the needle starts. Thats also if you're in traffic for awhile, if you're on the freeway, forget about it, the needle goes right back to it's resting position.
In summer, I've read up to 80c (maybe more, can't remember) during stop and go driving.

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Old 02-06-2001, 11:22 AM   #4
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BUMP...
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Old 02-06-2001, 11:27 AM   #5
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Howdy..

I have mine mounted in the side of the oil pan/sump.

It doesnt get caught/knocked by anything..and it is sheltered from all the winter snow and rain...

But it does mean you have to remove your sump and have a threaded boss weld on.

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Old 02-06-2001, 11:43 AM   #6
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Since December (with the cold weather)

Installed in the same location.
My range is 130-160F.
On the highway its closer to 130F.
Higher temps during idling.

After driving around town and parking, the highest Ive seen it this winter (today)is 180F (and thats with the car not running)
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Old 02-06-2001, 04:25 PM   #7
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Does Autometer make a dual oil pressure/temp sender that could go where Edwin has his? Also, what about the little plugs on the top of the head, where my oil feed line comes from. I think there is another one, maybe that can be opened up? I ought to call Dave and Andy and ask... I absolutely hate reading oil temps from a location that has no oil on it when the motor is running
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Old 02-06-2001, 04:29 PM   #8
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There are one or two "plugs" in the block... these are to seal off machine access points for when they machine the oil galleries...

I suppose these could be used.. but again I still prefer the sump location

J.
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Old 02-06-2001, 05:08 PM   #9
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To repeat Ryan's followup:

Jay, do you see oil temps you believe to be accurate with the sender mounted on the side of the oil pan? What range do you see when pushing the car hard?
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Old 02-07-2001, 01:05 AM   #10
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You know those temps have got to be bogus, right? I barely break 125 on the highway, which can't be right! My old car, which admittedly ran hot, would be about 180f when the car was warm and cruising would see 220-245. I don't expect the same in the RS but I'd expect more than the 160f max that I've seen.
Jay, how big of a pain is it to weld a boss on there, and what temps do you see? I was thinking about putting the sender in-line with my oil return line from the turbo, but I don't want to interrupt the oil flow, either.
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Old 02-07-2001, 01:11 AM   #11
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underneath the alternator on the block is the factory oil temp sender. i stuck a T in there for my oil pressure sender - i don't see why you couldn't put your oil temp sender there too. it's a tight fit though, so be warned - wear gloves or be prepared to nurse your knuckles for a few days.

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Old 02-07-2001, 01:36 AM   #12
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Hi guys...

Its a awkward job.. the sump isnt too easy to remove

Efoo..the connection under the alternater is the oil pressure pickup.. not temp.

I didnt want to place the sensor in an oil feed/return... I prefered it somewhere where there was plenty of oil... and that wasnt forced by so much..

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Old 02-07-2001, 02:34 AM   #13
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Sorry guys.. I missed that part of the post.. lol

Normal driving I see around 80-90 degrees (My oil cooler is thermostatically controlled for that)

Underhard continous abuse... I can get upto about 110'ish.

The above temps are in degrees C.

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Old 02-07-2001, 07:32 AM   #14
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Hmmm, that sounds pretty accurate to me--that's where I'll mount mine.
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Old 02-07-2001, 10:56 AM   #15
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Jay or RyanC,
Where are these "one or two" plugs on the block? Are you guys talking about two huge plugs near the oil filter where the OEM oil cooler mounts?

Do you guys know where I can put the water temp sensor?
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Old 02-08-2001, 01:37 AM   #16
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IIRC they are on top of the block, the one I'm using for an oil feed to the turbo is to the left of the TB, as you look at the engine from the front of the car. Not sure on the water temp sender, I suppose you could put it on the line going from the radiator to the block? Just thinking out loud, I don't really know if that's a good spot or not.
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