GM Cavalier/Sunfire 1995-2000 Repair Guide

Intake Air Temperature Sensor

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OPERATION



See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: The IAT sensor is located in the air cleaner outlet tube-2.2L engine and 2.4L engine

The Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor determines the air temperature inside the intake manifold. Resistance changes in response to the ambient air temperature. The sensor has a negative temperature coefficient. As the temperature of the sensor rises the resistance across the sensor decreases. This provides a signal to the PCM indicating the temperature of the incoming air charge. This sensor helps the PCM to determine spark timing and air/fuel ratio. Information from this sensor is added to the pressure sensor information to calculate the air mass being sent to the cylinders. The IAT is a two wire sensor, a 5-volt reference signal is sent to the sensor and the signal return is based upon the change in the measured resistance due to temperature.

TESTING



See Figures 2 and 3



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Fig. Fig. 2: Measure the resistance across the IAT terminals on the sensor



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Fig. Fig. 3: IAT sensor resistance value chart

  1. Turn the ignition switch OFF .
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the wiring harness from the IAT sensor.
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  5. Measure the resistance between the sensor terminals.
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  7. Compare the resistance reading with the accompanying chart.
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  9. If the resistance is not within specification, the IAT may be faulty.
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  11. Connect the wiring harness to the sensor.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2.2L Engine and 2.4L Engine

See Figures 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 4: Grasp the IAT sensor and ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... gently twist it out of the air cleaner outlet tube

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Detach the connector for the IAT sensor.
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  5. Carefully twist the IAT sensor out of the air cleaner outlet tube.
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To install:
  1. Carefully twist the IAT sensor into the air cleaner outlet tube.
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  3. Attach the connector for the IAT sensor.
  4.  
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6.  

2.3L Engine (1995 Only)

See Figure 6



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Fig. Fig. 6: IAT sensor-2.3L engine only

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Detach the connector for the IAT sensor.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the IAT sensor using a deep-well socket.
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  7. Remove the IAT sensor from the intake manifold.
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To install:
  1. Use a suitable thread sealant and apply it to the threads of the IAT sensor.
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  3. Install the IAT sensor and tighten it to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Attach the IAT connector.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
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