The PCM determines engine coolant temperature from the coolant temperature sensor. The combination coolant temperature sensor has two elements. One supplies a coolant temperature signal to the PCM, and the other element provides a coolant temperature signal to the instrument panel gauge cluster. As coolant temperature changes, the coolant temperature sensor's resistance changes, resulting in a different input voltage to the PCM and gauge. When the air is cold, the PCM provides a slightly richer air/fuel ratio and higher idle speed until the proper normal operating temperature is reached.
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- Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
- Detach the coolant temperature sensor electrical connector.
- Using a DVOM set to the ohms scale, connect one lead to one terminal of the coolant temperature sensor.
- Connect the other ohmmeter lead to the remaining sensor connector terminal.
- With the engine at normal operating temperature, approximaterly 200°F (93°C), the ohmmeter should read approximately 700-1000 ohms.
- With the engine at room temperature, approximately 70°F (21°C), the ohmmeter should read approximately 7000-13,000 ohms.
- If not within specifications, replace the engine coolant temperature sensor.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
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On the 2.0L SOHC engine, the coolant temperature sensor threads into the rear of the cylinder head. On the 2.0L and 2.4L DOHC engines, the coolant temperature sensor threads into the front of the cylinder head, below the coolant filler neck. On all 2.5L engines, the coolant temperature sensor is located next to the coolant filler neck.
- Locate the engine coolant temperature sensor on the engine.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. On Cirrus, Stratus, Sebring convertible and Breeze models, disconnect the remote negative battery cable connection on the left strut tower.
- Drain the engine coolant below the level of the sensor.
- Disconnect the sensor electrical harness.
- Using a deep-well socket or wrench, loosen and remove the sensor from the engine.
- Install the sensor in the vehicle and tighten securely. On the 2.0L SOHC and 2.5L engines, tighten the sensor to 60 inch lbs. (7 Nm). On the 2.0L and 2.4L DOHC engines, tighten the sensor to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
- Attach the electrical connector to the sensor.
- Refill the cooling system.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Start the engine, allow it to reach operating temperature and check for leaks.
- Check for proper sensor operation.