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Old 08-16-2011, 07:25 PM
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temp. gauge....mechanical or electric?

Hello,
trying to decide which is most dependable. Heard the electric gauges take longer to respond to temp changes...any factual basis for one over the other?
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:28 PM
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I would take mechanical over the electric any day. But that's just me it seems they are just more reliable. JMO


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X2 on that, I like all mechanical, except dash board fuel pressure, that is a game changer.
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X3, mechanical temp gauge rarely gives false readings.
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Either one will work fine. The mechanical gauge requires a larger hole in the firewall to allow the sensing bulb to pass through. Kink or break that tube and the gauge is junk. Electric is a lot easier to route and will work fine. As for response time, either one will respond faster than your cast iron motor will change temperature, so that's meaningless in the real world.
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The Autometer electric gages(oil,water, fuel pressure) work great, I would expect a cheap gage to perform according to its price.
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thanks for the responses guys
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Mechanical are more dependable but I prefer the look of LED ones.
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Electrical gages are also a bit sensitive to voltage.

a bad or weak ground----or----an electrical system that is not up to par and running below 13volts will cause high temps readings---low oil pressure reading.

I prefer the electrical----mine work just fine
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