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How do I fit an oil temp gauge?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Benjiman46, Feb 18, 2012.

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    Hi all!

    How would I fit an oil temperature gauge to my S3 8L APY?

    I need to know where I would put the sensor or where I would get the reading.

    Hope you can help

    Cheers
    Ben
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    put a sensor in the oil drain plug. adapter is about £5 from ebay. and just buy a external gauge for the readings
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    Thanks for the reply.

    And will the oil drain plug sensor set-up be ok? I've heard mixed reviews about these.

    I've ordered the Gauge and it comes with a "Fitting Kit" so I'm guessing I'll need the sump plug with a certain thread in it that matches the kit?

    Cheers
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    The oil drain plugs for these sensors are quite frankly an pile of sh*te

    Stick it in the top of the oil filter housing or tee it into where the oil pressure sensor is...

    All the cars I have seen that have these things leak or have rounded the stupid brass or aluminium POS adaptor nut so you can't get them out to change the oil..

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    i didn't have one problem with the sensor being in my sump. i've still got the sensor and adapter in now (taken the gauge out to fit a wideband AFR gauge instead)

    i've done 2 oil changes having the sensor didn't cause a problem (oil change every 6 months)
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    Ok, mixed views there lol the kit I've bought has a 1/8 NPT threaded sensor included (which is M10 I believe) is there ANYWHERE on the engine, oil filter housing or sump where I can just bolt this straight in?

    If not, what size sump plug adaptor will I need? Is it M14 x 1.5?

    Cheers in advance! :)
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    Anyone? :) I'm going to have a look tomorrow, but would love for someone to save me a job hahaCheers
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    the sump plug is m14x1.5
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    Nice one! Thanks very much :)
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