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    Please i need a good gm tech to help me!!!!

    Ok, I am getting fed up with my car.
    My temp gauge doesn't work.
    I replaced both the one next to the water pump and the one in the head with sensors from advance auto parts.
    No change.
    I then replaced the one in my head with an ACDelco from a GM dealership.
    Now instead of the needle just staying at the very bottom, (below the 160 mark) sometimes it would move up and stay exactly at the 160 mark for a little while then drop back down to the very bottom.

    I do not know if this helps but:
    I am not running much antifreeze cause every time I change a sensor I loose a lot and then just fill it out with just water.
    It doesn't get that cold at all where I live. (SC)
    Also the day my gauge went out, I installed white gauge faces and removed the needles during the install. Is it possible that it is just not calibrated?

    Car is a 1996 Camaro LT1 OBD2
    Please if anyone can help me out, I would really appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JwMonE99 View Post
    Also the day my gauge went out, I installed white gauge faces and removed the needles during the install. Is it possible that it is just not calibrated?
    I think thats your problem right there. I think you pull the needle off and didn't put it back in the right place.

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    Bring the engine up to operating temperature with gauge bezel removed. Pull the needle and put it where it used to sit at normal temp - usually just left of the center mark. Let it cool down and see how it works, assuming it's ok, put the bezel back on and button up the lower dash.

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    that or your needle is sticking to the backing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    I think thats your problem right there. I think you pull the needle off and didn't put it back in the right place.
    How can I tell where the right spot for it should be?
    Is there a correct way to put the needle back in side then move the needle to where it should be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JwMonE99 View Post
    Ok, I am getting fed up with my car.
    My temp gauge doesn't work.
    I replaced both the one next to the water pump and the one in the head with sensors from advance auto parts.
    No change.
    I then replaced the one in my head with an ACDelco from a GM dealership.
    Now instead of the needle just staying at the very bottom, (below the 160 mark) sometimes it would move up and stay exactly at the 160 mark for a little while then drop back down to the very bottom.

    I do not know if this helps but:
    I am not running much antifreeze cause every time I change a sensor I loose a lot and then just fill it out with just water.
    It doesn't get that cold at all where I live. (SC)
    Also the day my gauge went out, I installed white gauge faces and removed the needles during the install. Is it possible that it is just not calibrated?

    Car is a 1996 Camaro LT1 OBD2
    Please if anyone can help me out, I would really appreciate it.
    I need to correct myself, I changed the gauge faces after my needle stopped working.

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    If your gauge was wrong due to a bad sender and you put the needle back in the wrong place you could have this problem. If you have a volt meter you can do some testing but I would remove the gauge bezel like I described above. If the car has a stock thermostat then normal operating temp is about 205, bring it up to temp and put the needle just to the left of the 210 line.

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