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Old 08-02-2004, 09:09 PM
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Question Coolant level sensor

On the 124 chassis cars how do you perform a check on the coolant level sensor to see if it is defective?

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Old 08-02-2004, 09:23 PM
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Is the sensor triggering the warning light even you have enough coolant? or no warning light and not enough coolant at the reserve tank?

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If the light is on and the overflow tank is full, the sensor is defective. If you're trying to see if the light will come on, siphon (with a turkey baster) coolant out of the overflow tank and when you get below the sensor the light should come on. The sensor is only about $12 to $15 - if it's all corroded it's probably better to just replace it.
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Old 08-02-2004, 09:39 PM
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Thumbs up coolant light

Coolant tank is full, light on, must be a bad sensor. There should be no other reason for the light to be on, right?
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Old 08-02-2004, 09:51 PM
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I seem to remember reading that on some model the coolant sensor works in conjunction with the washer resevoir sensor. Check the washer level too, just to be safe. I wish I could remember where I read that.
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Old 08-03-2004, 03:08 AM
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Re: coolant light

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Coolant tank is full, light on, must be a bad sensor. There should be no other reason for the light to be on, right?
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i had the exact problem on my car.

it turned out to be dirty coolant level connectors and sensor connections.

it was a cheap fix after i cleaned the electrical connections without having to replace any parts ,so this should be your first check.
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Old 08-07-2004, 10:02 PM
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Please post some details about cleaning the coolant level sensor

The low level warning light of my car turns on even with a full tank of coolant.

Please advise if i just pull out the sensor/plug from the bottom of the tank.

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As previous post indicated, sometimes the problem is just a dirty, corroded connector in which case you don't need to pull the sensor, just clean up the plug. If the connector is corroded and original it may break apart when you take it off. A replacement electrical connector is available from the dealer for a couple of dollors. It's claimshelll design - you just open it up to take the wires out and then put the wires back into the new one.

Of course the problem could be the sensor in which case you have to remove and replace. This requires siphoning (with a siphon pump or turkey baster) the tank to a level below the sensor. There is another method of detaching the tank and turning it on its side, sensor up, but siphoning seems to me easier. Then you have to remove a little clip and pull the sensor out. The sensor itself is only $12 to $15 so if you go to all this trouble you might as well put a new one in. It comes with new o-rings which are less likely to leak.

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