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Old 01-04-2006, 07:47 PM
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What is this wire and is it where it's supposed to be?

Pictures are forthcoming, as they are on my digi camera and I haven't downloaded that software onto my laptop at home yet. But curiousity can't wait and maybe someone can ID it based on description.
I was looking around the engine compartment today after checking the oil, and noticed a wire that crosses from the pass. side of the engine to a plug just above the t-stat housing. Well, the wire crosses through the belt tensioner parts and it really just looks like it doesn't belong in that area. I felt the wire and noticed that the "sheath" on it is all worn off, and one portion of it is tattered, with little shreds of metal sticking out ... as though it's been chewed on, which I have to assume happened because of its proximity to the belt tensioner and all that jazz. It goes from the top of the passenger side threads downward past the tensioner and then enters on the other side of the engine above the t-stat. What is this, what does it do, and is it supposed to be hanging there like that? There is also a broken clip clinging to the wire, but I'm not sure where it had been clipped.

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