The temp gauge should be pointing to about 2 o'clock (according to the
manual) but is actually down to about 4 o'clock. obviously the idea that
the car is running too cold is ridiculous (unless Santa has taken up
residence under the hood and is making it snow).
so what's up with the gauge saying she's cold? just a bad gauge?
It could mean a worn out thermostat. If the interior heat is lower than
normal, it would indicate that.
Or maybe the plug and socket for the sensor is just in need of a clean.
Contact cleaner is best but WD40 will work also.
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I think you are operating under the mistaken impression that the "drive by
wire" system is referring to the steering gear. It does not. The only part
that is "drive by wire" is the throttle. Instead of having a conventional
linkage or cable between the accelerator pedal and the throttle plate in the
intake, the accelerator pedal is connected to a rheostat which feeds
positional information to the car's engine management computer. The computer
then uses this information to open or close the throttle based on all the
inputs. Toyota, Ford, GM, BMW, and others have been using such systems for
several years in an effort to improve engine performance, reduce emission,
and increase fuel economy. I see some complaints from Toyota owners about
lagging response in their fly by wire systems. I have a Ford with a fly by
wire system and did not even realize it until I looked through the shop
Failure of the fly by wire throttle system is not more dangerous, or likely,
than the failure of a traditional throttle cable (I've had two of those fail
in my life). The most likely failure mode is the engine dropping back to
idle. I feel certain that you'll be able to control the car if this happens.
Too many years ago (high-school years), I went to pick up
a friend to go to school. As I pulled into their driveway,
which was on an incline, I had to tap the gas pedal to
get up the driveway. I hadnt realized it, but one of the
motor mounts was broken, and when I tapped the pedal, the
engine twisted up on one side, "pulling" on the throttle
linkage, and thereby going wide-open-throttle. I immediately
locked the brakes and turned the key off just a couple of
feet away from their garage door :)
With the electronic throttle control servo failing in the WOT position
and ABS second guessing your braking, you would likely have gone right
through the garage, both the front door and the back wall.
And what does this have to do with "drive by wire" throttle systems? The
Civic does not have a steer by wire system.
On the other hand, I do own two farm tractors that have drive by hydraulic
systems. They have no mechanical link between the steering wheel and the
front wheels. It is all handled by hydraulics. I had a line blow once and
had to steer off the road with the brakes.....
I'm getting a real kick out of reading all the wire=boo!,
mechanical=yeah! luddite comments. Must be a buncha young
whippersnappers with no history under their belt. Two cases in point.
One, blown hydraulic hose on a '67 Ford Mustang. Fortunately, I got
it to the side of the freeway before the fluid was completely drained.
Second, '72 Dodge van, borderline stripped spines of universal joint
(mechanical) to hydro steering gearbox finally reaches yield point and
suddenly way to much slippage of rotating steering wheel yields
little/no corresponding front wheel response. IOW, I'm coming hard
hard a'stabard, but the front wheels are not!! Both incidences were
not "catastrophic" but I can assure you they were too damn close for
my tastes and I was damn lucky to not suffer a "world o' hurts"!
Bottom line: shit happens
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