Extremely inaccurate temperature sensor???

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    Elder Soul
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    Unhappy Extremely inaccurate temperature sensor???

    So at first, i ignored it, because for some odd reason i had thought the temperature sensor assessed the temperature INSIDE the car. Then, i read the manual, and found out that it assesses the temp OUTSIDE of the car. So, earlier this evening, at around 8-9pm, my temperature read 99*. Now, I KNOW that it could not have been 99* as it was NIGHTTIME. So, i checked my phone, and since I have an HTC Android phone now, it tells me the temperature right on my home page. It said 77*, which seemed a lot more likely as i knew it could not have been damned near 100 degrees at 9 o'clock at night.

    I had always thought my SOUL's temperature reading was a bit off, but this time I had proof. Also, a 22 degree error margin is pretty freaking huge.

    Has anyone else had this problem with the temperature sensor being 10-20 degrees off? Anyone know what to do? Should I take it in? It's really beginning to bother me.

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    Elder Soul tempest's Avatar
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    If it bothers you mention it at the service.... maybe its a faulty one. Its pointless if its so inaccurate.
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    Elder Soul kfergiez's Avatar
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    The temperature can only be read accurately when you are driving your car. The sensor sits just behind the grille so if you just drove somewhere and parked, the radiant heat from the engine will affect the temp. Or if you parked in the sun, it will do the same thin. You have to be moving to get an accurate temp.

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    Junior Soul Michael Brennan's Avatar
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    I figured out pretty early on my was way off when it was about 70 outside and I had the windows down to enjoy the cool air, and the sensor was reading over 100. Just figured it was a quirk of having a black vehicle.

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    Junior Soul Holos's Avatar
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    I just had this conversation with my dealer yesterday. My car lives in a heated/cooled garage and it takes about 5 minutes of driving for it to register the accurate outdoor temperature. Dealer said exactly what kfergiez said.
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    Intermediate Soul Kenneth R.'s Avatar
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    I've had the same - sitting in a parking space in the sun it's wrong, but driving it is accurate. If yours isn't, recalibrate it.
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    Intermediate Soul sightland's Avatar
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    vehicle in motion or parked in open area will give more accurate temperature reading. this applies to all the vehicles I have and had. direct sunlight and confined area like home garage will definitely show higher temperature reading.

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    Elder Soul
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    Ahhhhh, now I feel like an idiot, but this definitely makes sense. Thanks everyone for your help.

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    Thank you for*your posts!*Very interesting!
    Last edited by Danormalmo; 07-08-2014 at 12:11 AM.

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