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Trans Temp Guage

welp i went to Jegs and got the trans temp guage, green light covers and a single pod guage pod (which had to be ordered, should be here Wednesday)

so if someone could point me to a write up on how to install the trans temp guage that would be great, and in return i will post lots of pictures... :-)

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Hopefully someone will post up a good write up because ive been wanting to instal one also

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Mr. Griggs has posted several times on how to do this.
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Mr. Griggs has posted several times on how to do this.
check his cardomain site
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https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...s+temp+install i found that one but none of the pictures work
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its rather easy to install. its nice since there is already a hole threaded in the side of the tranny.
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ok its all done... about 3 hours of work... it looks good, and with the black face and green backlight it matches the stack guages perfect... anyhow... i just had to run to get measured for a wedding, anyhow i drove probally 2 miles there parked for maybe 5min then drove home anouther 2 miles.. well that guage didnt move a bit... did i hook something up wrong? the guage measures 100 - 250 .. i am stumped...
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https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...s+temp+install i found that one but none of the pictures work
Try this:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ead.php?t=7068
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yeah i just ran down to the store to get some milk anyhow i got on the freway for about 2-4 miles and then city driving for about 10min the guage still didnt move... when i got home i crawled under there to check my wiring... and the botom of the tranny oil pan is hot.. almost to hot to touch... maybe it wasnt 100 deg. yet... should have hit it with my Ir thermometer... does this stuff sound normal to you guys...?
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i don't know anything, but it looks good lit up, matches the gauges real well!
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bump for the morning people
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Check your wiring, but I know that when it's cold outside, mine takes a LONG time to heat up. Sometimes 8-10 miles before it ever gets off the 100 mark.
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hum.. it has been cold here lately.. and i really havent driven anywhere far yet...
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i am just thinking about how i wired it up... anyhow the destructions say you need a Engine Ground, Tempsender, Ignition switch 12v(+) and here is how i have it wired up...

i tapped in to the cig. lighter for 12v and i also tapped in to the ground for it too... and the temp sender thats a no brainer.. does that sound like it should work..lol ( i alwas doubt myself first on things like this..lol)


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Bob will have to let you know if that is defiently ok. There probably better ways to wire it, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I wired my hot side into a 20 amp, switched circuit on the fuse block (don't remember which one off the top of my head), negative went to the grounding stud behind the driver's kick panel, and lights went to the dimmer switch.
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im with him ^^^^ use the ground in the driversside kick panel and well he said the rest ..best way to do it i think
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ok i figured out why its not working, the power wire wasnt making a connection.. so i fixed it... my next question is the Cig. lights is a constant 12v (alwas on) you think that little guage is enough to drain my battery? sould i find a switched 12v?
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ok i figured out why its not working, the power wire wasnt making a connection.. so i fixed it... my next question is the Cig. lights is a constant 12v (alwas on) you think that little guage is enough to drain my battery? sould i find a switched 12v?
I would move the +12v power wire to the yellow/black in the radio harness. That is hot only in ACC and RUN.
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cool... ill give it a shot...
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You straight yet? What kind of temps you got?
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yep it works perfect... havent really drove anywhere far at highway speends yet... but through the backroads (45-60mph) and around city, stop and go its about 125-140

whats a nomal operating temp? and whats considered overheating, and whats like a "yellow" area as in better lghten the load or something befor you F something up.....
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There's a chart somewhere that breaks down the temp vs fluid effects. I'll look for it. It's my understanding you want the temp in the 150-170 range, over 200 is bad. BUT, that depends a lot where you have the sensor mounted.

It looks like your sensor is the same place I put mine. My tranny typically runs 170-180. It has ocassionally hit 200 in very hot weather with stop & go traffic. I'll probably put a larger cooler on it this summer, but I want to rig a "bypass" for winter. Mine rarely gets off 120 during the winter, and I figure a bigger a cooler will hurt me during the winter. So if I bypass it (and just use the rad cooler), hopefully that will keep the temps up during the winter.

Another thought was maybe a small "pusher" fan mounted on the tranny cooler that I could manually activate when the temps rose.

The higher the temps, the more you should change the fluid.
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yep it works perfect... havent really drove anywhere far at highway speends yet... but through the backroads (45-60mph) and around city, stop and go its about 125-140

whats a nomal operating temp? and whats considered overheating, and whats like a "yellow" area as in better lghten the load or something befor you F something up.....

if you want it to read hotter go out and beat the livin **** out of it. accelerate hard, over and over agian. that will get it hot. ive had mine to 150 i nthe cold weather. but i havnt pulled my trailer since i got the guage installed. hard city driving i get to about 150* no hotter.
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