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What happens if the coolant temperature sensor is bad?
Last Updated: 4th January, 2020
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Moreover, what are the signs of a bad temperature sensor?
Common symptoms of a bad engine coolant sensors are overheating, hard starting conditions, poor idle, check engine light ON and the electric fans do not work properly. The easiest way is to read the trouble code memory and check the value from the sensor, to make sure it's a possible value.
Likewise, can a bad coolant temperature sensor cause car not to start? If the sensor is reading too high of temperature when compared to the ambient air temperature sensor when first started then the computer would see it as a problem and turn on the check engine light an go into failure management mode and use a known good reading. The sensor will not cause a no start.
Correspondingly, can you drive with a bad coolant sensor?
Anyone with specific knowledge weigh in. Usually the Coolant Temp Sensor is used for the gauge for fuel trims for cold start enrichment, and fan control. Since the Thermostat and water pump are mechanical the engine will still cool. you will be fine driving until the replace the sensor.
What does the coolant temperature sensor do?
A coolant temperature sensor (CTS) (also known as an ECT sensor or ECTS (engine coolant temperature sensor) is used to measure the temperature of the coolant/antifreeze mix in the cooling system, giving an indication of how much heat the engine is giving off.