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Old 04-24-2003, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Outside Temperature Gauge

In the past few weeks it has gotten very warm here on Long Island.

It took over one hour of driving between 40 and 50 mph for my outside temperature gauge to go from 65 degrees, temperature in my garage, to 85 degrees, actual outside temperature.

I did not have this problem in the winter up north skiing, where the gauge seemed accurate and reliable.

Is this a unique problem I am experiencing?
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Old 04-24-2003, 09:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, mine does work properly and is very accurate. Try bringing it in to the dealer?
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Its sensor is well-hidden behind the front bumper, just under the grille. I wonder if its bracket got bent so that it's against a piece of metal, which would slow its response WAY down?
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Thanks.

Does anyone have a diagram of the exact position?
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It's in the middle, backside, about where your license plate is (or would be)...a couple of inches from the bottom of the bumper. Looks like a microphone (lapel type). 2P connector IIRC.
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I have the same issue

In the winter there were no problems but my garage has been 20 degrees cooler than outside this past month or so and it too has taken forever to adjust correctly.

I'm going to crawl under the bumper and see if I can see the probe...
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Thanks.

Does anyone have a diagram of the exact position?
I previously posted the diagrams earlier this month. Do a search on outside temperature.
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Re: Outside Temperature Gauge

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In the past few weeks it has gotten very warm here on Long Island.

It took over one hour of driving between 40 and 50 mph for my outside temperature gauge to go from 65 degrees, temperature in my garage, to 85 degrees, actual outside temperature.

I did not have this problem in the winter up north skiing, where the gauge seemed accurate and reliable.

Is this a unique problem I am experiencing?
I also am experiencing this problem. Took it to the dealer last week. They gave me an Accura technical bullietin that addresses. It states that the logic in the temp guage controller is designed to rise one degree each two minutes after you start the car (assuming that car has been sitting for 2 hrs or more and it's warmer than when car was turned off). Ludicrous, IMO. In any event, it was taking about 30 minutes to go up one degree (said 73 from being in garage, was actually 96 outside).
Anyway, the dealer refused to change, as he said they needed to see the temp be off. So I picked it up, drove it for a half hour, and temp still hadn't changed. Drove back to dealer, showed them, and now they have a guage on order.
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Old 07-19-2003, 06:41 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Anyone Else with Outside Temp Guage issues?

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In the past few weeks it has gotten very warm here on Long Island.

It took over one hour of driving between 40 and 50 mph for my outside temperature gauge to go from 65 degrees, temperature in my garage, to 85 degrees, actual outside temperature.

I did not have this problem in the winter up north skiing, where the gauge seemed accurate and reliable.

Is this a unique problem I am experiencing?
I also am experiencing this problem. Took it to the dealer last week. They gave me an Accura technical bullietin that addresses. It states that the logic in the temp guage controller is designed to rise one degree each two minutes after you start the car (assuming that car has been sitting for 2 hrs or more and it's warmer than when car was turned off). Ludicrous, IMO. In any event, it was taking about 30 minutes to go up one degree (said 73 from being in garage, was actually 96 outside).
Anyway, the dealer refused to change, as he said they needed to see the temp be off. So I picked it up, drove it for a half hour, and temp still hadn't changed. Drove back to dealer, showed them, and now they have a guage on order
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Re: Outside Temperature Gauge

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In the past few weeks it has gotten very warm here on Long Island.

It took over one hour of driving between 40 and 50 mph for my outside temperature gauge to go from 65 degrees, temperature in my garage, to 85 degrees, actual outside temperature.

I did not have this problem in the winter up north skiing, where the gauge seemed accurate and reliable.

Is this a unique problem I am experiencing?
I just had a smiliar experience when going to a car wash. It was a 95 degree day and after the car wash it dropped to 68 degrees. It did take the system over an hour to correct itself. I would assume if the SUV was parked in your garage overnight and it's cool in there the sensor had cooled off, then it could take a longer amount of time to re-adjust to the outside temperature. I wouldn't worry about it much, could check with dealer but I doubt that it is broken. Try pulling out of garage and letting it sit for an hour to re-adjust and see if it works then.
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I just had a smiliar experience when going to a car wash. It was a 95 degree day and after the car wash it dropped to 68 degrees. It did take the system over an hour to correct itself. I would assume if the SUV was parked in your garage overnight and it's cool in there the sensor had cooled off, then it could take a longer amount of time to re-adjust to the outside temperature. I wouldn't worry about it much, could check with dealer but I doubt that it is broken. Try pulling out of garage and letting it sit for an hour to re-adjust and see if it works then.
......problem isn't that ultimately, over time, it will get to correct temp, which it will - but rather that it takes forever... for 40K should get a guage that readjusts in milliseconds, not hours.....
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......problem isn't that ultimately, over time, it will get to correct temp, which it will - but rather that it takes forever... for 40K should get a guage that readjusts in milliseconds, not hours.....
Yes your are totally correct in a perfect world, which, of course, we don't live in!!
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...no, but we do live in a real world, don't we? ...listen, if my '00 ML320, which I ditched in favor of my '03 MDX, could change temps when I came out of my garage by the time i reached the 2'nd stop light from my house to reflect the accurate real temp, then why the hell can't this machine?? Am I asking for anything more than what I should be getting???

Guys......this is not, i repeat, not rocket science...........
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Guys......this is not, i repeat, not rocket science...........
Stumpie,

You are exactly right. Gauge should work correctly, especiallly in this price vechicle. You can go to Wal Mart and get a stick on kind that reads instantly for probably $ 1.99. We could stick them on the outside rearview morrors. Wouldn't that look sharp ? My MB SLK adjusts from garage to current temp in about 30-60 seconds. About the same as your ML. If MB has figured this out, why hasn't Acura?
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A safety issue...?

If the outside sensor takes too long to adjust to ambient temperatures, what if you are going into mountainous areas where temps decrease as altitude increases. Will you be warned in time of freezing temperatures and the potential of icy road conditions?
JeffK implies it's fine at lower temps?
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