Dodge Neon non running for months during repairs. New temp senser installed, as soon as car started it indicated temp was very high when it couldn't have been. What is the problem?


Asked by May 31, 2015 at 03:30 PM about the 1999 Dodge Neon 4 Dr Highline Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

New temp sensor installed in 1999 Neon High Line. Car has been non running for months
while engine repairs made. Immediately upon starting, & again on 2nd start, sensor
indicated temp at highest level-why? Car had no time to run hot! What could the problem

5 Answers


The wire coming from the sensor is shorted to ground. Starting at the sensor trace the wire back to find the bare spot that's touching something metal. HTH. -Jim


Js08016, ty so much for responding! Husband worked so hard to get the repair work he did PERFECT, & this seems to be the only issue keeping me from taking the car out of the garage for the 1st time in 6 months! Husband also says THANKS & will trace the wire back. After all the work he's put into my car, it seems like there has to be a simple fix for this d*mn sensor! I will let you know how your great suggestion works out for us.

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You're welcome. Glad to help. Thank you for the kind words. Yes, please let us know how you make out. - Jim


Jim, you were RIGHT! 3 teeny wires, awkward angle, shorting out. He redid how the wires were laying and the gauge shot straight back down to cold, as it should be when you 1st start a car! Whoopee! Happy dance! I'm about 3 hours away from my independence! That car has been down since Jan or so! He has to put the right tire back on and bleed both the radiator and the power steering unit, & I'm good to go! TYVM for your answer, Jim. Much appreciated.

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You're welcome. Glad to help. That's SO awesome!! Very glad he found it!! Thank you for letting us know. Happy Motoring!! -Jim

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