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Old 03-23-2009, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default ECTS lock tight on thresds--plumber's tape?

Real quick question. Since my mileage is close to 60,000 on my old ECT sensor I just picked one up at Autozone for under $10 (2 year warranty) and will install. Question is---I have some plumbers white-colored thread tape around the house. Will that work okay on the sensor's threads or will the high temps screw it up? Thanks for your info.

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^ ^ ^ that's what richpin used in his video - teflon tape. I was planning to use it as well, probably this weekend, so I'll be watching this thread
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^ ^ ^ that's what richpin used in his video - teflon tape. I was planning to use it as well, probably this weekend, so I'll be watching this thread
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Teflon tape, or any pipe dope will work just fine.
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Old 03-23-2009, 04:30 PM   #5
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I used teflon tape about a month ago. No issues to report.
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Teflon tape, or any pipe dope will work just fine.
Thanks, OldNuc. One more question. I tried to connect the two wires to the connection by using two plastic Butt splices. The smallest I could find are the red-colored ones and they don't crimp down on the ends to hold the wires securely. I mean, after I crimp the ends down, I can still move the wires inside, slightly. So I found a couple of "tube" connectors laying around here that look like I could use. They are about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches long and each one has a plastic exterior but the inside looks like it's copper. You push both ends of the wires inside and I assume you bite down on the center, thus securing the connection. On the outside of the plastic is stamped 20-18 AWG 20-18 AWG. Does that sound like it would fit the wires to the sensor correctly? Thanks,

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Is your "old ECTS sensor" with 60K on it the factory original?

Was the connector bad?
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Yes Jerry the 20-18 connector will work as long as you can get them crimped tightly.
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Is your "old ECTS sensor" with 60K on it the factory original?

Was the connector bad?
No but it was purchased from a Saturn dealer. In other words, I am replacing the brass with brass. Don't know if the connector was bad or not but changed 60K ago anyway. OldNuc advised me to solder the two wire connections but I don't have any gas or solder so I am trying to use this connecting "tube". Waiting for a response to see if it will work. Thanks,

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Yes Jerry the 20-18 connector will work as long as you can get them crimped tightly.
Ahhhhhh, thanks, OldNuc. You're a savior---have to pick someone up at the airport pretty soon.

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Find a friend with a soldering gun.
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Find a friend with a soldering gun.
Yes, I know. So I shouldn't really use a torch when soldering?? Because of the heat factor on the wires, etc.? Didn't even think of a soldering gun. Oh well, pressed for time, I had to resort to the cheap, yellow, cone connectors. I taped around them really well but I got to say that I'm starting to run out of wire length! Just made it to the sensor. I tried as hard as I could but came to the realization that it would take a gorilla and two small men to crimp down on those 20-18 connectors! No way. Ha. I'll have to put the soldering on my "To do" list. Thanks for the help.

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Default Re: ECTS lock tight on thresds--plumber's tape?

Yeah, Teflon.

But is this a real story? I've been in 3 Auto Zones and none of them had an ECTS.

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Yeah, Teflon.

But is this a real story? I've been in 3 Auto Zones and none of them had an ECTS.

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Yeah, Teflon.

But is this a real story? I've been in 3 Auto Zones and none of them had an ECTS.

You live in a magical place, Jerry.
You are not asking them for the right thing. Ask for a Standard Motor Products TX73 or their equivalent.
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Default Re: ECTS lock tight on thresds--plumber's tape?

Noticed a difference between the old sensor and the new. The temp on the dash gauge used to get close to the half-way mark but the new is half-way between the 1/4 and the 1/2 mark. Don't know if that's good or bad---but the car seems to be still driving nicely.
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Yeah, Teflon.

But is this a real story? I've been in 3 Auto Zones and none of them had an ECTS.

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I went to my local autozone after looking the part up online. I told them I wanted part #SU1131. They went to the back, grabbed the part, said it came with a 2 year warranty and said it would be $10.77 with tax. I had it installed within 10 mins.
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You are not asking them for the right thing. Ask for a Standard Motor Products TX73 or their equivalent.
The number on the box from Autozone is SU1131 and it's a Duralast part, made in Mexico. I like Duralast, have had really good luck with that brand of products. (Note, that's for my 97 SL)

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I went to my local autozone after looking the part up online. I told them I wanted part #SU1131. They went to the back, grabbed the part, said it came with a 2 year warranty and said it would be $10.77 with tax. I had it installed within 10 mins.
Don't know why the difference in cost between Kansas and California. About a buck cheaper here, which really surprises me.
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Don't know why the difference in cost between Kansas and California. About a buck cheaper here, which really surprises me.
That is weird. $9.99 + tax here...had the teflon tape in the tool box already.
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