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Colours of coolant temp sensors
« on: 02 May 2019, 19:35:27 »

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MPG has recently dropped suspect CTS
Have bought a genuine genuine GM replacement for AutoVaux which is pale blue
But the one coming out believed genuine GM is off white
Is this a problem
Does the colours mean anything

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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #1 on: 02 May 2019, 19:52:40 »

if you cross reference the part number, the same sensor can be dark blue,light blue,grey or black ,depending on manufacturer
lots of people quote "genuine GM" or OEM  ::)
GM buy from many suppliers

reading your fault codes and getting live data ,fuel trims ,CTS signal voltage ,lambda voltages etc etc will help pinpoint the cause of lower MPG
the CTS is only one of many parts that can lower MPG
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #2 on: 03 May 2019, 11:51:49 »

if you cross reference the part number, the same sensor can be dark blue,light blue,grey or black ,depending on manufacturer
lots of people quote "genuine GM" or OEM  ::)
GM buy from many suppliers

reading your fault codes and getting live data ,fuel trims ,CTS signal voltage ,lambda voltages etc etc will help pinpoint the cause of lower MPG
the CTS is only one of many parts that can lower MPG

Thanks for taking time to reply
So colours of CTS don't matter
The reason I suspect CTS is car seems to running at a lower temperature according to gauge
Was around 90'/95' now 80' / 85' so suspect over fuelling
I have basic diagnostics which report no errors
I also have a set of spark plugs on the way
I fit them all and see what happens
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #3 on: 03 May 2019, 12:18:38 »

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 car seems to running at a lower temperature according to gauge
Was around 90'/95' now 80' / 85' so suspect over fuelling ....

A stuck open 'stat will cause a car to run too cool.  ;)
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #4 on: 03 May 2019, 12:19:33 »

if you cross reference the part number, the same sensor can be dark blue,light blue,grey or black ,depending on manufacturer
lots of people quote "genuine GM" or OEM  ::)
GM buy from many suppliers

reading your fault codes and getting live data ,fuel trims ,CTS signal voltage ,lambda voltages etc etc will help pinpoint the cause of lower MPG
the CTS is only one of many parts that can lower MPG

Thanks for taking time to reply
So colours of CTS don't matter
The reason I suspect CTS is car seems to running at a lower temperature according to gauge
Was around 90'/95' now 80' / 85' so suspect over fuelling
I have basic diagnostics which report no errors
I also have a set of spark plugs on the way
I fit them all and see what happens
vauxhalls over fuel badly when cold in my experience

A stuck open wet thermostat COULD allow coolant to the rad early with the engine not up to 92 degree  :-\ optimum running temp.

the Omega dash temp gauge has a separate sensor to the engine CTS , so which is telling lies  ??? or are both correct ,and something else(like a stuck open wet stat)causing lower MPG  :-\ hence the need for live data and methodical tests  :y 

but replacing parts "willy nilly" without proper diagnosis and tests is a slippery slide .

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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #5 on: 03 May 2019, 12:22:25 »

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 car seems to running at a lower temperature according to gauge
Was around 90'/95' now 80' / 85' so suspect over fuelling ....

A stuck open 'stat will cause a car to run too cool.  ;)
beat me to it  ;D
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #6 on: 03 May 2019, 12:28:36 »

When mine did this I changed coolent sensor, no change, new thermostat, cured the problem. But while plenum is off, why not change both.
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #7 on: 03 May 2019, 12:30:15 »

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 car seems to running at a lower temperature according to gauge
Was around 90'/95' now 80' / 85' so suspect over fuelling ....

A stuck open 'stat will cause a car to run too cool.  ;)
beat me to it  ;D
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #8 on: 03 May 2019, 12:37:10 »

When mine did this I changed coolent sensor, no change, new thermostat, cured the problem. But while plenum is off, why not change both.
+ clean all the breathers, change the plugs,check the coil packs,clean the throttle body etc
them pesky plenum things being in the way of all the bits you want to get at  :D

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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #9 on: 03 May 2019, 12:53:18 »

When mine did this I changed coolent sensor, no change, new thermostat, cured the problem. But while plenum is off, why not change both.
+ clean all the breathers, change the plugs,check the coil packs,clean the throttle body etc
them pesky plenum things being in the way of all the bits you want to get at  :D

Might as well do can covers and cam belt while your at it  :)
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #10 on: 03 May 2019, 12:54:31 »

When mine did this I changed coolent sensor, no change, new thermostat, cured the problem. But while plenum is off, why not change both.
+ clean all the breathers, change the plugs,check the coil packs,clean the throttle body etc
them pesky plenum things being in the way of all the bits you want to get at  :D

Might as well do can covers and cam belt while your at it  :)
Just throw a new engine in....while you're there like.  ;D
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #11 on: 03 May 2019, 12:57:47 »

When mine did this I changed coolent sensor, no change, new thermostat, cured the problem. But while plenum is off, why not change both.
+ clean all the breathers, change the plugs,check the coil packs,clean the throttle body etc
them pesky plenum things being in the way of all the bits you want to get at  :D

Might as well do can covers and cam belt while your at it  :)
Just throw a new engine in....while you're there like.  ;D
and replace the body ,transmission,brakes,interior trim,electrical system ,exhaust , radio,etc , no point in doing half a job  :P ;D
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #12 on: 03 May 2019, 15:36:20 »

When mine did this I changed coolent sensor, no change, new thermostat, cured the problem. But while plenum is off, why not change both.
+ clean all the breathers, change the plugs,check the coil packs,clean the throttle body etc
them pesky plenum things being in the way of all the bits you want to get at  :D




Might as well do can covers and cam belt while your at it  :)
Just throw a new engine in....while you're there like.  ;D
and replace the body ,transmission,brakes,interior trim,electrical system ,exhaust , radio,etc , no point in doing half a job  :P ;D

HaHa that went south real quick
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #13 on: 03 May 2019, 15:39:37 »

How can I prove thermostat is stuck open
Haven't heard my fans come on for a while
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Re: Colours of coolant temp sensors
« Reply #14 on: 03 May 2019, 15:47:53 »

How can I prove thermostat is stuck open
Haven't heard my fans come on for a while
feel the rad and pipes going into/out of it
(please be careful not to put hands etc ,in near moving parts like belts or fans)
if they are getting warm before the temp is showing 70 or so, when you start up , probably stuck open stat .
 
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