Originally Posted by lifted97ranger
no mechanical...........oil wouldn't be a fire hazzard......now fuel pressure gauges ARE mounted outside the cab because of a fire hazzard.......oil pressure gauges are not a fire/safety hazzard......the chances of ruptering the copper tubing on a mechanical oil pressure gauge is 1 in 1 Million under proper use......the only way it could rupture is from a direct impact with another part (which is likely if you install it correctly) or if you kink it and cause it to crack when you are installing it......which again is HUMAN error....
if mechanical oil pressure gauges have to be mounted outside the cab, why not the mechanical water temp gauges?
they have the same temperature antifreeze in them as the oil.........
heck, you might as well mount your electrical gauges outside the cab too.....they are an electrical fire hazzard if you don't install them correctly...
I'm saying... that for me, or anyone... brining any sort of hot fluids into the cab while I"m driving is a no-no... You said yourself that the only way it could rupture is the human factor... well, what if you buy Jim Bob's discount meters? That's neither here nor there. Go to a drag strip and you'd be suprised at how many guys have them mounted outside the cab for saftey.
The idea of any hot liquid inside my cab bothers me... why do you think ford uses senders? I'm sure it costs more, but it's safer. Can you imagine if they used mechanical gauges and somone rolled a ranger?
and installing an electrical gauge, imho, is a million times safer... worst case scenario, you pop a fuse or nuke the gauge or sender.