A device that monitors a particular function and provides data to be consumed by other systems to adjust and attribute to that system based upon the information forwarded by the sensor.

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How does the tachometer on my dashboard actually work?

Recently, I asked a question about the speedometer, how it works and how accurate it is. But that got me thinking... how does the rest of the dash actually work? I understand that the RPM measurement ...
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What is this thing hanging from a wire from the front headliner at the top of the windshield?

Had my windshield replaced last week, and then this week this black rectangular plastic thing dropped in front of me. Held in place by a wire attached to it going under the headliner - length of wire ...
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Skoda Fabia - reverse parking sensors not working?

I bought a used Skoda Fabia that is fitted with a parking assistant (reverse parking sensors) which does not seem to work. According to the manual when I change into reverse it should either make a ...
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Car won't reach operating temperature

Here's a seemingly simple problem - I noticed that the temperature gauge of my mother's 2004 Opel Meriva 1.7CDTI won't ever climb above minimum. I checked the OBD readings to see if it was a defective ...
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what sensors and formula are used to control VGT/VNT turbos?

I want to fit a variable geometry turbo to my car. Its vanes are usually controlled an electrical actuator (otherwise sometimes it's on vacuum). What information is used to to inform the state of the ...
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Do newer cars actually monitor the quality of oil? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does the change oil light system work and does it matter what type of oil you use for it to work properly? Starting last August, I am currently leasing a BMW 328i coupe....
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how can I measure the amount of fuel injected into a diesel engine in real time in a purely mechanic pre-OBD vehicle?

This is a Mercedes-Benz 308D van, year 1992, model 602.316. Pre-OBD, no electronics of any sort, everything is purely mechanical. I would like to retrofit a system which would measure the precise ...
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Proper way to do maintenance on an air bag system (SRS)?

My air bag system light started coming on a while ago. Sometimes it will come on and stay on, other times it will go off after a while. This usually happens when it starts raining out. I did some ...
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MAP sensor covered with gasoline

I have a 2007 Hyundai Accent SE with a 1.6 liter engine in it. It was stalling often so I hooked up a code reader and it said the MAP sensor was bad. I tried to check it to see if it might just be ...
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Replacing a dashboard for another one with more indicators

I'm thinking of purchacing a Citroen BX dashboard from a superior model than my BX 14 wich currently only features a Velocimeter, fault lights and an analog clock, for one with various analog ...
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Can I use an OBD2 Scan Tool on older GM vehicle?

I can get an adapter that connects my OBD2 scan tool to my 12 pin GM scan tool connection. But will the tool be able to read the codes and tell me anything useful? Or do I need to get a scan tool that ...
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P2238 Positive Current Circuit Low on Toyota Camry 2004

I'm getting P2238 Positive Current Circuit Low from my car, for O2 Sensor in Bank 1 Sensor 1 for my Toyota Camry 2004 (4 cylinder). What is it and how can I fix this problem? From what I've read on ...
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Rear ABS Sensors Peugeot 307

I have a Peugeot 307 and the passenger side ABS sensor had recorded a fault (after an expensive Diagnostics) so I replaced both rear sensors now there is an ABS fault on both rear wheels communication ...
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Since when is CAN bus mandatory for new vehicles?

The CAN bus Wikipedia page states that: CAN bus is one of five protocols used in the on-board diagnostics (OBD)-II vehicle diagnostics standard. The OBD-II standard has been mandatory for all ...
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97 Honda Accord won't start after head gasket replacement

I recently replaced the head gasket on my Honda Accord. The cylinder head was tested at a machine shop and they also replaced the valve seals. I didn't do any work to the cylinders, except use ...
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How much distance would 1mm off front brakes translate into?

I am planning to replace my front brake pads within a month. I was told that if my brake wear sensor trips, I will need to buy new sensors as they will get destroyed. So I am trying to save my brake ...
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Where exactly is the Check Engine Light connector on a 1997 Honda Honda Civic?

The check engine light on my 1997 Honda Civic lit up. I came across a method for troubleshooting (http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1901557) but I'm having trouble finding the connector. Can ...
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P0136 Bank 1 Sensor 2 - Sensor location

I'm getting P0136 bank 1 sensor 2 circuit malfunction from my Toyota Camry 4 cylinder, which from past experience means I need to replace it. I've replaced the O2 sensor in the exhaust manifold ...
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Mystery Sensor on Manual Transaxel Housing

I have a 97 Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) with a manual 5 speed transmission. While trying to change the oil, I noticed the following connector, with one missing wire on what I think is ...
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Why don't thermostats have a sensor?

One of the more common reasons of overheating is a stuck thermostat. One of the most common reasons for blown head gaskets is overheating. One of the most expensive vehicle repair procedures is head ...
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Maxima (2002) MAF Sensor Failures

I have a 2002 Nissan Maxima that I've owned since 2003. I'm now on my sixth Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor. What seems to wipe them out is hard acceleration (3/4 throttle - not so extreme as to induce ...
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judging oxygen sensor quality

I was looking at oxygen sensors for my vehicle on rock auto and found large price discrepancies. I saw sensors ranging from $25 up to $100. in general what do the more expensive sensors have that the ...
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Intermittent stall at idle

I have a 98 Saturn sw2 with a recent problem. Two times now it has stalled while idling and when it doesn't stall it floats near 500 rpms (Usually 750 - 950). The first time, it would start and just ...
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Is this repair estimate for misfiring and fuel trim on a '98 Mercedes reasonable?

Just got a '98 Benz ml320 and two days later it cut off on me, twice, within about 5 minutes. I took it for a diagnostic. I'm wondering how overpriced this estimate is and possible ideas of best ...
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Volkswagen Golf MK4 - Oil temperature sensor coding out

I have a Volkswagen Golf MK4 TDI 85kw (AJM). After driving for a while and stopping, when I turn the ignition on I get an "Oil sensor workshop" message. After connecting VCDS I got this fault: ...
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Fiat 500 Airbag Sensor

My Fiat 500, 2008, 1.2 Pop, 51Kw has had its front left side somewhat crushed. The body has been fixed for the most part, but the electrician/mechanic tells us he cannot turn on the vehicle in order ...
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Peugeot 207 convertible: “impossible to move roof: outside temperature too low”

My Peugeot 207 convertible from 2007 shows an error when trying to lower the roof. "Impossible to move roof: outside temperature too low" According to the manual it should be functioning down to -15 ...
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Chevy Cavalier 2002 2.2L

My antifreeze is leaking and my ECT sensor is wet. There is also smoke coming from the hose that's for the reservoir overload. What's going on?
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Wire front camera+sensors+display on SINGLE Ignition switched 12V wire

I want to install front parking sensors & camera (+display). So I have: Kit of 4 sensors + controller Camera Display Basically I know how to install & wire them, the thing I don't sure is: ...
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ESP warning light on

Audi A3 8PA 2005my 1.9tdi Esp warning light is on and diagnosis with VCDS shows fault :- 00493-ESP-Sensor unit (G419): No signal/Communication No other warning lights are showing. I have tried ...
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Positioning of a resistor

Apologies in advance, my electronics knowledge is very poor. I've got myself a resistor that I believe is appropriate for the job I want to do on my vehicle. I'm replacing the factory sensor; there ...
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VW Jetta 2002: O2 Sensor Heater Malfunction; how serious is this?

I have received an error code from my Jetta 2002: 16525 - P0141 - O2 Sensor Heater Circ.,Bank1-Sensor2 Malfunction Would anyone suggest, how serious is the problem? Does it have to be fixed asap or ...
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Can I fit parking sensors on the front of my car?

I'm getting a reversing camera for the back of my car, as I often have to park in very tight spaces, or am parked in. However, I can't fit a camera to the front, so I was wondering: Can I fit rear ...
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Automobile EDR / Black Box - What is it for?

My partner has just started driving, and her insurance company have fitted a "Black Box" to her car. My understanding of these devices is somewhat vague, as some sites suggest that they only collect ...
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97 Mazda 323: Where is the IAT sensor?

On my 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L BP-DOCH I can't seem to find the IAT sensor. It has a B6BF MAF with a 5 pin connector, but I don't see anything else between the air filter and the throttle body. On the ...
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Outside temperature displays wrong values in Peugeot 207

For some weeks now my mother-in-law's Peugeot 207 (2009 model I think) shows a wrong outside temperature. While the actual outdoor temperature has been somewhere around freezing (0°C) the temperature ...
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Mercedes OM636: Can I Resolder Wire to Coolant Temperature Sensor?

The wire contact connected to the Coolant Temperature Sensor of my Mercedes OM636 (Boat engine same as Mercedes 170D, 180D) was corroded and got accidentally snapped off. Can I just solder this back ...
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Do all engines typically support the installation of a crankshaft position sensor

I have recently purchased an 800cc dune buggy but unfortunately it doesn't come with a RPM sensor so I have been looking at my options in terms of installing one. In the process I have found that the ...
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Sporadic speedometer, and performance lags when speedometer not engaged

I have a 2000 Honda Accord, 2.3L L4 with a 5-speed manual transmission. Recently, the speedometer has been sporadic- sometimes accurate, sometimes bouncing around, but mostly sitting at 0. I replaced ...
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2001 Toyota Sienna LE P0330 Error

I don't know much about cars, so I might get some terms wrong. My girlfriend drives an '01 Sienna LE and for a couple months the check engine light has been on. When I took the van to O'Reilly's and ...
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Maintenance of parking sensors

I have issues with the parking sensors on my wife's S-max (2007). The sensors would occasionally beep (constant beep) after turning on the car and selecting a gear. I tried cleaning them, but I ...
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Ambient temperature sensor reading -58 F degrees

I have a 2001 Audi S4. Last fall, I had maintenance performed on my car, and the shop accidentally, cracked my front fender. They told me about it and replaced it without any issue. However while ...
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Tire pressure sensor doesn't read

I work on several makes and models, and found that after replacing brake pads that the "low tire pressure" warning comes on as a sensor fault. Is there something I'm hitting that causes this? How can ...
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2001 Chevrolet Silverado Ignition

I drive a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado and I went out to start it so I could go to work this morning and it sounds like it's not getting any spark. it turns over and the solenoid turns on so its not the ...
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Replace 2009 Cobalt LNF Fuel Tank Pressure Sensor and Shroud

How difficult is it to replace the fuel tank pressure sensor and shroud on a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt (LNF/SS)? The shop just quoted me over $200 for this. From what I can tell, the parts should be ...
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Reverse parking sensors

I've been thinking on fitting an after-market reverse parking sensors for my car, and I found 2 options: Electromagnetic Ultrasonic The Electromagnetic doesn't require to make holes in the ...
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How Much Deviation from Ambient Temp is Normal for IAT sensors?

I've noticed that my air intake temp sensor gives the correct ambient temp reading in the morning when the engine is cold, but that it typically is giving me readings between 7 to 17 degrees Celsius ...
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How do Lojacks work? Are there alternatives?

So I was at a dealership recently and of course they advertised the typical Lojack. No doubt I feel these things are useful but it seems the price actually fluctuates (one dealership was selling to me ...
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Front grill electrical component near radiator

I have a 2008 Mazda 3, and unfortunately I ran over some road debris (probably a tire or something, I didn't get a good look at it). My local Mazda dealer checked it out and said there was nothing ...
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Can anyone identify this part on a '96 Honda Prelude?

I have an image of a particular part on my '96 Honda Prelude and I have no idea what it is. It's connected to the power steering and is some kind of sensor. Anyone have any insight?