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    Default Temperature gauge failure / spanner light

    Hi Guys,

    Driving to work today and the spanner light flashed up a few times whilst i was driving but had no major effect to the engines performance. I then got to work turned the car off and then back on again and the spanner light came up again just after ignition. Whilst then driving back home it flashed again whilst i was driving but i also noticed that the engine temperature gauge had not moved at all and this is a 15-20 minute drive. Can someone advise whether it is just a sensor that has gone and what i would be looking at it to repair it?

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    Check the coolant gravity
    If there is not enough coolant ratio, the coolant system may be partially frozen (along with other internal damage)
    If the gravity is sufficient then the thermostat may have failed

    What has the outside temperature been like in your area?
    Where I am it has been between -15 and -3'C for the last 72 hours now
    My engine takes about 30 minutes to warm up and even then it is only getting to about 80'C

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    The temperatures haven't been too bad it has been about 3 degrees today and the past couple have ranged from 0 - 2 degrees. It is reading the temperature in the cd/display unit just the engine temperature gauge seems to have failed along with the spanner symbol flashing on. Is it an easy part to possibly fix?

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    According to the owners handbook that spanner light means the fuel filter needs draining (unless it's an auto in which case it's a gearbox fault). Easy job, little screw on the underside of the fuel filter to drain of any excess water. Might be just as well to change the fuel filter itself.

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    Would this make the temperature gauge not to work?

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    Who knows ...

    As far as I'm aware the spanner light and the temperature gauge are unrelated, you seem to have to faults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Check the coolant gravity
    If there is not enough coolant ratio, the coolant system may be partially frozen (along with other internal damage)
    If the gravity is sufficient then the thermostat may have failed

    What has the outside temperature been like in your area?
    Where I am it has been between -15 and -3'C for the last 72 hours now
    My engine takes about 30 minutes to warm up and even then it is only getting to about 80'C
    would i not be correct in saying that it is more likley the engine temp sensor is failing as opposed to the thermostat as there is no mention in original post relating to cold heaters etc.i may be wrong so please accept my appologies if so.
    regards 9tjc

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    The heaters are fine 9tjc so you would be right, it looks like the engine sensor has gone. Going to get it looked at this week so hopefully find out what has happened!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarface08 View Post
    The heaters are fine 9tjc so you would be right, it looks like the engine sensor has gone. Going to get it looked at this week so hopefully find out what has happened!
    I have the same problem..I changed the sensor(it's a piece of cake..) but to no effect. The fault code from the is p0115-temp. sensor or wiring fault..I hope that the new sensor is faulty too cos with the wiring is like entering into the jungle..

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    Hi, did you resolve your issue?

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