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Old 05-03-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default Thanks, you saved my SL2! (emission tests, ECTS / thermostat)

I just wanted to drop a line in here to thank everyone for their contributions. I was having issues with my 2001 SL2 throwing an OBDII code. I fixed the faulty O2 sensor (thanks to the great info on these forums). Then some of the car's internal emissions tests weren't completing, so I was back.

Thanks to even more of the wealth of knowledge here I realized that the tests weren't completing due to low engine temperatures due to either a faulty ECTS Coolant Temp Sensor or thermostat, so I ordered the Stant 14279 and a new brass ECTS. After replacing both parts and taking a couple more drives, all the tests completed and I was able to pass WA emissions (side note: turns out WA doesn't care about the Evap Test, which was the one that took the longest to complete).

I also realized that the low temperature (needle never got above 1/4) was causing my engine to idle high (~2k RPM when I pushed in the clutch and coasted on the freeway, vs. ~1k normal). With the new ECTS and thermostat that problem went away and my MPG is back up to where it was before.

So anyway, I just wanted to say thanks! This forum is invaluable.

Enjoy the attached photo of the old ECTS next to the new one. Eww.
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Old 05-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Thanks, you saved my SL2! (emission tests, ECTS / thermostat)

Thats one of the worst ones I have seen yet! Glad you got everything straightened out.

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Old 05-03-2014, 03:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: Thanks, you saved my SL2! (emission tests, ECTS / thermostat)

Yeah from the looks of it this was the first time it had been replaced in the car's 180,000+mile lifetime. I didn't take a picture but there was also a big pile of blue-green corrosion under where the sensor sticks out of the engine.

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Old 05-04-2014, 10:36 AM   #4
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Even though it appears to be working ok, hopefully you at least sprayed out the connector with some electrical contact cleaner before plugging it back on ?

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Old 05-04-2014, 04:53 PM   #5
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Yeah after seeing how bad it was I did my best to clean out the connector before putting everything back together.

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