w124 e220 external temperature sensor issue

adile220

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Hi all

Can someone enlighten me on the job of the external temperature sensor on the w124 - I have been told it is linked to the gearbox somehow?

Also - I need to replace mine as apparently it is missing.

Where are they located on the car - is it best to go main dealers for a replacement?

It is a 1996 car.

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Not all cars had it fitted. It sits behind the front number plate and the display is at the bottom of the binnacle

There's no link to the gearbox AFAIK

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Isn't there another temperature sensor in the lambda/o2 probe which keeps the car in a low gear for a minute or so after startup?
 

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The later versions of the e220 coupe had the external temperature readout deleted as a money saving issue. Retrofit is possible but you will need 1. the sensor [ behind the bumper as previously mentioned] 2. the connecting lead to 3. the readout display unit which is mounted in the instrument binnacle.
 
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Hi grober

Yes - the temperature readings are well off.

Not sure what to do - replacement sensor?

Regards

Adil
 
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Thanks all

Could it have an effect on how the car idles?

Have recently noticed when stopping to a halt it lurches forward - like the revs are not dropping to idle speed.

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Could it have an effect on how the car idles?

Have recently noticed when stopping to a halt it lurches forward - like the revs are not dropping to idle speed.
I don't think so. The OTG shows the external temperature which isn't very relevant to the engine. The engine has two temp sensors to feed the instruments & ECU, and the ECU also sees data from the lambda sensors, CPS, etc, etc, all of which is relevant to the engine

220s tend to suffer from throttle body problems - if t's not idling properly, remove the rubber boot to the TB and clean the butterfly valve & housing very carefully with carb cleaner & a clean rag

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