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Old 04-06-2005, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
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Location of outside air temp sensor on 1996 ford explorer xlt

The problem I have is: the factory installed outside air temp gauge does
not work after the front end was repaired from a minor front end collision.
It reads -40 all the time. I am only guessing there is some kind of sensor
on the outside of the vehicle. Maybe not. I appreciate all the help and
information anyone can offer for this problem.

Norm

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Location of outside air temp sensor on 1996 ford explorer xlt

First check for wire damage. There is a wiring harness that may be damaged
in the accident. There are two climate air temp sensors on this vehicle one
for the electronic A/C and one for The console. They are on the same
harness. If it just started reading incorrectly (like mine) the sensor
would be bad. In your case check all wiring.

Yeah, I'm familar with this one - I have the exact same truck. The sensor
feeds the overhead console. It is located around the front radiator
support. You may find it by opening the driver headlight door under the
hood and looking down. It looks like a very short cigar held in with a
pushclip. The part number is E4LY-15A022-AA , dealer only item. Check
parts.com under ford for the dealer who has it at lowest cost - its about
$23-24 + a few bucks for shipping.

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Location of outside air temp sensor on 1996 ford explorer xlt

Oh and dont confuse it with the A/C air temp sensor, that one has a point
with plastic "threads", they are sometimes very close to each other.

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Old 04-08-2005, 08:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Location of outside air temp sensor on 1996 ford explorer xlt

Lenny,
Thanks for the very good information. I didn't find the actual sensor, but
I did find a cut wiring harness is the exact area you mentioned. It has two
wires, (blue/white & blue/yellow) and nothing else. The sensor and
connector must have been lost in the collision or the repair.
With the part number you gave me, I can get a new sensor and connector to
make the repair.

On your second message, I didn't really understand about the A/C air temp
sensor. Where is it located and what does it do? Does it control the air
conditioner? Thanks again. Norm

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Old 04-15-2005, 23:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Location of outside air temp sensor on 1996 ford explorer xlt

Norm,
There should be two sensors when you look down the headlight door. One is
for the console, and one helps control the automatic temperature system.
They have very different wires and connectors. It seems they may be missing
in your case...

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