My temperature gauge quit working. What could it be?
Temperature gauge doesnt move on my 09 Chevy aveo
I unfortunately am no mechanic but things I would get tested are your
I apologize that I am not certified to give you more concrete answers.
First of all and most importantly, check to see if the coolant is full when the engine is cold. If the coolant is low and to the point it is not touching the tip of the temperature sensor, it will delay the signal to the gauge and the engine may be to the overheat level before the gauge moves. Do not check the coolant when the engine is hot (you could get burned). Do not add coolant when the engine is hot (you can crack the hot parts when the cold water hits them) .
It most likely is the temperature sensor has failed or the temperature sensor wires are damaged (rodent damage). So first thing is check the coolant level in the morning and top off as needed. If it was low then you have a leak and must get it looked at to find and repair the leak. If it was not low on coolant then the wires need to be inspected.
Now if you take the vehicle to a repair shop or the dealer and they find that mice ate the wiring (rodent damage), they are going to tell you the harness will require replacement and if the rodent damage is in multiple locations then it is true, the harness will require replacement. Ok now this damage, in the insurance world, is known as an “Act of God” and is covered under your Home Owners Insurance if you have that. So if the repair shop calls you and rodent damage is extensive, tell them do not move any of the wires and let them know you are going to call your insurance company. The insurance company will schedule and inspection with the shop.
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