Correct Gauge Temp Sender

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  1. camarolife78

    camarolife78 Veteran Member

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    Decided to do the boiling water test on my "aftermarket" temp sender since I am close to having the car ready to run and drive again. Took my new OREILLY temp sender home, with a jumper pack and wires. Hooked it up and when the water in the pot was boiling (roughly 210 F at my altitude), the gauge read in the read part of the gauge.

    Sure enough just like what every one said, aftermarket senders are terrible. Wish I never would have lost my original GM. Anyways, after spending 2 hours on the internet reading here and there, I had a few forums, including some old thread here recommend this site : http://www.lectriclimited.com/mainpage.htm

    Apparently they produce their senders to the original senders Ohm specs, so that they read correctly. If anyone else is having the same problem, this might be a place to go.
     
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    the senders by application are great, they just did not make one for my 80 model. to get one to read correct have to put a resistor in line.
     
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    That sucks, seems like the 79-81 cars all get the bad end of everything
     
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    Had my gauges restored by GaugeMarks and ran into the exact same problem with mine with an aftermarket sender, only I hadn't stumbled across the threads about the senders so I thought my new gauge was acting screwy :screwup:. I just hooked up a mechanical gauge and never got back around to dealing with the sender.
     
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    I'll let ya know how this one works when I get it put in and running.
     
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    Thanks :cool:
     
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    I don't understand this statement? If your model came with a guage, there is replacement sender. You can use any yr, model guage as long as you use the SENDER FOR THAT GUAGE!!!!! not what car your putting it in.

    Using a 1976 guage in your 1981 car.... You need a sender for a 1976
     
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    That's been the problem, the replacement senders are not accurate. There are plenty of posts on here about that, where ppl went through several different ones or ended up just putting a resistor inline.

    I think what he was saying is that the company above does not make a sender for the 80 model Camaros. They only have listings for earlier models.
     
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    /\ This.

    The aftermarket senders from Oreilly, autozone, napa, etc, read hot, when the car is not. The website I found carries an OEM reproduction that is correct and WORKS. They just do not carry one for a 79-81
     

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