Radiator Temp Sensor

auditude at cox.net auditude at cox.net
Sun Mar 16 10:10:43 EST 2003

Well, I thought the metal-to-metal contact between the sensor and the old tank was part of
what helped it determine the temperature it was measuring.

But since there's not much that can be done about that, I was thinking that perhaps a
rubber gasket or o-ring could be sourced from the local hardware store.  That way it should
definitely seal with stripping out the threads.

I guess the sensor doesn't ground through the threads then, if they are plastic and the
sensor still works?


Steve Sherman spsherm at attglobal.net wrote:
> I just put in a new radiator (old one had the hose nipple break off).
>  In the process I reused the temp sensor that screws in  under the lower
> rad hose; it was only a few months old and working fine.  The problem I
> am having is that there is a slow seeping type of leak coming from that
> sensor on the new rad.  (FWIW it sealed just fine on the old rad).
> When I moved it over, I reused the copper crush washer under it. I did
> not torque it as much as I might, because unlike the old rad which had a
> brass insert for the threads on this sensor, the new rad (AKG) seemed to
> be all plastic threads.  Seems that one could install the sensor without
> a washer, or even with a thin layer of RTV, although those options
> require draining the rad again...
> My questions are:  Does anyone know if AKG does have a brass insert for
> the threads on their Audi radiators (eg is it safe to just torque this
> some more)? And any suggestions on the best / easiest way to top this
> slow leak from around this sensor?

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