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Author Topic:   Water temp guage question ??
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 88
posted May 01, 2003 04:12 PM
Where is a good location for my water temp sending unit to get the most accurate water temp reading.
Intake, water pump or thermostat housing ???

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 368
posted May 01, 2003 05:50 PM
in the thermostat housing or front side of intake

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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted May 01, 2003 05:52 PM
The head but you didn't list it,the water pump is the worst place.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 110
posted May 01, 2003 06:19 PM
I think the cyl. head is the best place if you cant do that go with the intake...towman

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted May 02, 2003 01:31 AM
go with the intake because it gives you a true temp of the motor as the water exits

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted May 02, 2003 08:21 AM
put it on the putting it in the head you will get a false reading,mostly because of exhaust heat,even if its routed away from that.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 64
posted May 02, 2003 09:00 AM
The front of the intake just past the thermostat. I like to put the temp guage there and the warning light in the head. Gives you a little heads up that way.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 110
posted May 02, 2003 11:45 AM
Hmmmm wonder why GM allways runs the sender in the head? Maybe all those over paid engineers should log on here....towman

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 248
posted May 02, 2003 04:48 PM
Newer GM small blocks ('80's) had them in the thermostat housing. Anyway, we've never seen GM engineers do anything bass ackwards, have we?

I've always heard that the manifold was the most accurate. From the factory, the sending unit is just to tell you to shut the motor off. On our cars, its to tell you what's happening under the hood. The idiot lights just yells "THERE'S A PROBLEM, SHUT HER DOWN!", but a guage tells what's going on. That's why I think the manifold is better because its an average of the entire motor.

[This message has been edited by WesternAuto17 (edited May 02, 2003).]

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted May 02, 2003 06:57 PM
I run gauge in manifold, electric in water pump, and electric in head

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