Depending on the year, make and model of your Ford F-150, the vehicle may have a temperature sensor and a transmitter: depending on the model, the truck will have both; if not, it will only have the sensor. Keep reading and learn what are the steps to repair a Ford F-150 temperature sensor.
The emitter may be located on the radiator or near the thermostat housing. Reads and sends the temperature of the water/antifreeze mixture to the gauge. The sensor also sends the temperature of the coolant-water mixture to the computer, so the computer can make adjustments to the timing, air-fuel mixture, and other adjustments necessary to keep the truck running at its optimum levels of performance and get the best fuel economy.
Steps to Repair a Ford F-150 Temperature Sensor
- Open the hood of the F-150.
- Inspects the front, center of the engine and locates the rear of the thermostat housing. Find the thermostat housing by following the upper radiator hose from the radiator to the block.
- Place your hand on the sensor that is mounted on the intake manifold., just behind the thermostat housing. The sensor has a round plug, into which the wires from the cable set are connected. If you remove it, the base will look like a large bolt that screws into the intake manifold.
- Push the plastic harness connector out and lift the sensor harness plug. Unscrew the coolant temperature sensor from the intake manifold with the plug.
- Clean a thin layer of anti-seize compound on the threads of the coolant temperature sensor.. Then screw the sensor into the intake tube and reconnect the wiring harness.