I was driving through a remote mountainous part of Wa. state yesterday
running perfectly when in the next second the service engine light came on &
the 2001 XG went into limp mode big time. I turned it around with difficulty
& went back a very short distance to an Indian Reservation office area
(where the people were very friendly -& seriously, I learned that I wasn't
driving a car but riding my 'war pony).
I tried revving the engine but any response was weak. I shut it off & since
there was no service available anywhere nearby, I lifted the battery
connection off momentarily to reset the computer. I started it up & it ran
fine. However as we got back into British Columbia, & the day got later &
colder, I went to engage the heater. Well damn if the AC didn't come on &
all I got was cold air when I wanted warm! I checked the ambient temp & it
showed it was 27C ( about high 80's F). It was really real close to
freezing. I drove home cold.
Next day I checked the HMA site, pulled the ambient temp sensor & put in a
80 Kohm resistor to match the just above freezing temp this morning. Sure
enough the display read 3C . Put the original sensor back & it showed 22C
(like a warm summer day) . Then after cursing Hyundai profusely as this is
my 4th electrical problem in as many months, I noticed this sensor says
.......can you believe it FORD!!.
Now for me that was good news b/c living as remotely as we do, I didn't
stand a snowball's chance in Hell of getting the replacement part any time
soon but since this thing was Ford , even my little local NAPA stocked it.
But what really sucked in all this was how totally disabled the car was
instantly with no warning. I suspect many others would have called a wrecker
& it really was all over a cheap part that apparently is prone to failure (&
hence stocked by the little NAPA in our town of 700.
My next car is going to be a pre 1990's something!