Coolant Temperature Sensor Replacement DIY

Symptoms:

  • Temperature needle in dash intermittently drops down to zero
  • Improper function of cooling system (system reports zero so fans don’t go on)

ECU Scan results:

  • 01039 – Coolant Temperature Sensor (G2) 30-10 – Open or Short to Plus – Intermittent

Warnings:

  • Allow the engine and coolant to be completely cold or you can burn yourself.
  • Open and close the coolant reservoir cap to release any built up pressure.
  • You will loose coolant, be sure to have some in case you need to top off.
  • I’m not responsible for anything. Use this at your own risk.

Required Tools:

00 - Required Tools

  • Ratchet
  • 6mm allen socket
  • T30 Torx socket
  • 2x Long zip ties
  • Screw driver or tool to pull sensor clip
  • Tool to cut zip ties when done

1- Using your T30 Torx socket and ratchet, remove the intake manifold shift rod drive unit.

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2- Lay it down in the bay to the right, there is no need to disconnect the cable.

02

3- Remove hose from the valve.

03

4- Remove first retaining clip and zip tie the tubing out of the way.

04

5- Zip tie previously disconnected hose from step 03 out of the way.

05

6- Using your 6mm allen socket and ratchet, remove the engine bracket.

06

7- Now that everything is out of the way, prepare your new coolant temperature sensor, put the O ring on it and have it handy.

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8- Hold the old sensor in place (cable still connected) and remove the retaining clip. Remove the sensor (ensuring the O ring is on it and not stuck inside), quickly insert the new sensor with O ring to stop coolant from leaking and insert the retaining clip.

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9- Now that the most stressful part is over and you have coolant all over the place, remove the harness from the old sensor and attach it to the new one.

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10- Clean up with rags as much as you can and cut both zip ties. Put everything back together in the following order: engine bracket, hose, harness, intake manifold shift rod drive unit.

Now take her for a test drive, the temp needle should slowly got up to temp and stay there the entire time. Optionally you can clear codes and scan again after a few days of driving to see if the issue is still being reported.

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