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dipstick oil temp senders

Discussion in 'Engine & Transmission' started by Archeress, May 25, 2011.

  1. Archeress

    Archeress Guest

    hi all..
    these dipstick oil temp senders for around 150 bucks. Are they the goods?. Can a fool like me install it. Just wondering seeing as i have a new engine i thought maybe now is the time to start keeping an eye on temps. i have usually just flown by the seat of my pants in a kombi and never worried about it.

    Any brand or the vdo ones on here and jk
     
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  2. teeveezed

    teeveezed Member

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    I have one, but I got a friend to instal it, I'm not mechanically minded so I wanted to keep an eye on the oil temperature.
     
  3. JayBone

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    I installed one last year, they come with a wiring diagram. You need to be able to find ignition live, headlight live and a good earth. You can do it all from the dash which keeps it nice and neat. Buy yourself a nice connector block to make all the connections. Remember you also need enough wire to run from the engine compartment to the dash. I routed mine into the cab and along the internal guttering, i hate to see wires!

    The one i got was a VDO one, make sure you buy a VDO gauge to go with it or it could be inaccurate. Another tip: boil some water and drop the sender in so you know how accurate it is before you start relying on it. It has been a godsend for us, we would have killed our engine by now without it!

    If you get it all wired up and it doesnt work, the culprit is probably your earth connection. The bain of all kombi electrics!

    This will help you

    http://www.cjroberts.com/steve/ht/gauges/dipstick.htm

    Good luck
     
  4. Archeress

    Archeress Guest

    Thanks jaybone....perfect.:)
     
  5. Dip stick senders are inaccurate as when you get oil surge when cornering no oil is actually touching the dipstick so the reading is inaccurate. Found this Out the hard way!! Now I have a temp sender fitted in inspection plate in crankcase so it now constantly is submerged in oil. Gauge reads correctly as we tested oil temp with snap on temp gauge. Make sure you always have the correct oil sender that matches your gauge parameters or it will read wrong as well!!
     
  6. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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    hi archeress
    i did it a little different and put a oil temp sender via the sump plug and must admit I am happy with how it works.

    I put the temp gauge up in the clock hole.

    for a coupel of weeks of doing short trips I was wondering if it I did it right then realised, it was pretty true , the kombi takes a while to warm up sitting at 50-75D then once I get it on the highway at 100kms an hour it soon come up to 95-100d .

    on a hot day if I put the foot down , wound the 1600cc rubber band up and hit 110-120kms it soons goes to 110 -120 degress getting a bit hot
     
  7. KombiMadness

    KombiMadness Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'm doing the same as Paul. I'm having a sump plug sender fitted with the VDO gauge put in the spare clock hole.
     
  8. Rossco WA

    Rossco WA Member

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    SunnyJim & LIFE IN THE LOW LANE, like your ideas do you have any photos of what it looks like and the type of sender you put in, I'm sure I'm not the only one interested.
     
  9. milly

    milly Well-Known Member

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    Kombi Madness,
    Can do let us know who is doing the sump plug sender for you ? and or where you get your hands on one, they seem the way to go.
     
  10. Sheriff

    Sheriff Active Member

    That has been the advice from my mechanic as well! "Crankcase over dipstick any day"...
     
  11. KombiMadness

    KombiMadness Well-Known Member

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    Milly, PM sent...
     
  12. Archeress

    Archeress Guest

    Thanks guys for all your oily input.:D
     
  13. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Had a VDO dipstick sender on my Kombi,s for about 35 years. Still works fine.
    Sender wire from gauge to sender. +12v ignition and earth to gauge. Illumination from existing lights. No rocket science involved.
     
  14. Rossco WA

    Rossco WA Member

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    Kombi Madness, Do you have the details of your sender, Ta very much
     
  15. KombiMadness

    KombiMadness Well-Known Member

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    G'day Rossco - PM sent...
     
  16. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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  17. milly

    milly Well-Known Member

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    Sunnyjim

    Thanks for that I'll contact Mick and arrange to have one sent down, its seems to be the way to go.
    Cheer's
     
  18. SunnyJim

    SunnyJim Well-Known Member

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    sump plug

    milly
    remember to specify the diameter of the sump plug, i know a few people have got this wrong
    alos i had a lowlight , think different to a late bay??
     
  19. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Always a bit concerned about stuff hanging under vehicles. Bummer if you break the sender off and dump the oil!
     
  20. Nigel

    Nigel Member

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    At 150 Aus$, that seems rather expensive, especially as a VDO gauge & sender kit, are less than 6/10 of that, here in Great Britain & Europe!

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    The VDO dipstick oil-temperature gauge-senders, for VDO 50~150 ÂșC oil-temperature gauges, are available in three different lengths (i.e. 327 mm, 435 mm or 507 mm); the choice of which will be influenced by the effective length of one's engine oil-dipstick, downward from the upper end of the dipstick-tube.

    http://www.ahnendorp.com/VDO-Anzeigen-und-mehr/Oeltemperatur-Kit-VDO-mit-Oelpeilstab-327mm.html

    http://www.ahnendorp.com/VDO-Anzeig...-Kit-VDO-mit-Oelpeilstab-327mm-1439-1440.html

    http://www.ahnendorp.com/VDO-Anzeigen-und-mehr/Oeltemperatur-Kit-VDO-mit-Oelpeilstab-507mm.html

    http://www.ahnendorp.com/VDO-Anzeigen-und-mehr/Oeltemperatur-Kit-VDO-mit-Oelpeilstab-327mm-1439.html

    http://www.justkampers.com/shop/oil-temperature-gauge-kit-j11684.html

    http://www.justkampers.com/shop/vdo-dipstick-oil-temp-sender-435mm-j11572.html
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2011

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