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Old 07-25-2006, 08:27 AM   #1
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It's been a while since I was on the forum as I've been traveling, but I'm finally home and have finished the transmission and engine oil temp gauges on my coach.
These gauges are from Autometer, purchased from Summit Racing.


The sender that comes with the gauge will not fit into the #2278 adaptor, which replaces the factory 12mm engine oil and transmission oil drain plugs. The #2259 sender is the Autometer reccommended replacement. This combination replaces the drain plug and the sender is then wired to the gauge per the installation instructions.


An alternative to the #2258 adaptor and #2259 sender, is to have the factory drain plug drilled and tapped to accept the sender supplied with the gauge. I will be replacing the Autometer adaptors with these plugs and the supplied sender the next time I change engine oil. If there is any change in the gauge readings, I will post. Basically I just like having a steel drain plug in the hole.

Sump temps seem accurate enough - engine oil at 180-190 and trans at 150-165 - freeway speeds, no load, collant temp at 200-210. So far I'm pleased with the install and gauge performance. I am measuring other parameters with the Aeroforce scan gauge.
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It's been a while since I was on the forum as I've been traveling, but I'm finally home and have finished the transmission and engine oil temp gauges on my coach.
These gauges are from Autometer, purchased from Summit Racing.


The sender that comes with the gauge will not fit into the #2278 adaptor, which replaces the factory 12mm engine oil and transmission oil drain plugs. The #2259 sender is the Autometer reccommended replacement. This combination replaces the drain plug and the sender is then wired to the gauge per the installation instructions.


An alternative to the #2258 adaptor and #2259 sender, is to have the factory drain plug drilled and tapped to accept the sender supplied with the gauge. I will be replacing the Autometer adaptors with these plugs and the supplied sender the next time I change engine oil. If there is any change in the gauge readings, I will post. Basically I just like having a steel drain plug in the hole.

Sump temps seem accurate enough - engine oil at 180-190 and trans at 150-165 - freeway speeds, no load, collant temp at 200-210. So far I'm pleased with the install and gauge performance. I am measuring other parameters with the Aeroforce scan gauge.
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This is on my list of "RV to do's".
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jbrnigan:
An alternative to the #2258 adaptor and #2259 sender, is to have the factory drain plug drilled and tapped to accept the sender supplied with the gauge. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Where did you get these tapped drain plugs? Are the oil pan and tranny pan the same size plug?

or how about something like this?
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Old 07-26-2006, 09:26 AM   #5
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Nice write-up there Mr. Branigan. -And great pics!!! Thanks.
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Yo - Land Ho - Drain plugs for oil pan and transmission pan are the same metric thread 12mm x 1.75. I purchased spare plugs from G.M. and had a machinist (Gov't job at my company), drill and tap to fit the senders. (This is a job for someone who knows what they are doing, as a lot of material is removed from the drain plug). The OBD link is for the same scan gauge I have instlled for watching other engine functions.
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I too have started installing Autometer gauges,great quality of build. What scanner do you use and do you have pics? Also is there an output port on the scanner that will connect to a laptap to dump history? You and Oemtech have a private competition going on?
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Old 07-26-2006, 04:40 PM   #9
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Here is the scan gauge installed in the dash of my coach - set to water temp and oil pressure. It will log trouble codes, clear trouble codes, but won't connect to a lap top. It connects into the coach ecm data port below the dash and reads outputs in real time.
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Cool...exactly what I am going to do. I was wondering if the product work as advertised.
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Beautiful gauge. Looks like I'm looking for the rectangular box to display your temps and other selections. Think someone else suggested one. Thanks
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jbrnigan:

Is your gauge the "Interceptor"? I was also wondering if you had to run any power wires for it or does the gauge get it's power through the OBD connector? I was on the Interceptor web site and was unable to get to their order/price page for GM vehicles, how much did that little beauty set you back?

Thanks for your help.

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Jack, the Inteceptor connects to the OBD connector undr my dash. You do need a 12 v power source, I tapped a fuse behind my instrument cluster using a fuse tap. As I recall, it was about 230 bucks. It detected almost all of the parameters listed in the literature - except - trans temps.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jbrnigan:
...It detected almost all of the parameters listed in the literature - except - trans temps. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Aw shucks, that's why I was interested in the gauge...wonder why it doesn't read the trans temps? too bad...
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