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Old 10-01-2005, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default dead temp gauge, hesitation

New member here, my step-daughter was given an S-series sedan to use. No owner's manual, I think it is a 1996.

The temp gauge stays at dead cold, thermostat opens OK, engine starts and idles but hesitates very badly when you first hit the gas. If it quits, you need WOT to make it fire up again. No SES light.

Also, I found the #1 spark plug well was flooded in about 3/4 inch of oil, so I pulled the valve cover this morning. Nothing apparently wrong, no gasket failure (what's up with that gasket anyway, could not remove from cover) no apparent head cracks.

Does any of this sound familiar? Thanks In Advance!

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Old 10-01-2005, 02:45 PM   #2
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New member here, my step-daughter was given an S-series sedan to use. No owner's manual, I think it is a 1996.

The temp gauge stays at dead cold, thermostat opens OK, engine starts and idles but hesitates very badly when you first hit the gas. If it quits, you need WOT to make it fire up again. No SES light.

Also, I found the #1 spark plug well was flooded in about 3/4 inch of oil, so I pulled the valve cover this morning. Nothing apparently wrong, no gasket failure (what's up with that gasket anyway, could not remove from cover) no apparent head cracks.

Does any of this sound familiar? Thanks In Advance!
Boy does it. MY daughter has a 96 SC2. It has the dohc engine where the sparg plugs sit down in the holes. The small circular gasket (O-ring almost) leaked to the point of the plugs being drowned in oil (@ about 100,000 miles).
Also the The temp gauge, starting, and idling problems were caused by a cracked ECTS (coolant temperature sensor). Checking on this forum let me find that they are a known problem and have been redisgned. Use the OEM brass tip for replacement and your problem should be solved. There are two excdellent "How to's" in the library on replacement procedure. Good luck and welcome aboard.

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Old 10-02-2005, 03:05 PM   #3
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Well, thanks for the tips, the fix worked! I read through the entire thread in the library and followed the directions. This time the car ran right, at least around a few blocks in the neighborhood.

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