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Old 02-26-2008, 12:50 AM   #1
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My thermostat sensor lead wire is sheared off at the connector that clips to the sensor. There is no fragment of the wire coming from the connector that I can use to solder the two ends together. Does anybody know if

Can I just bypass the connector clip and attach the wire directly to the lead on the thermostat sensor as a temporary fix until I can source a new clip?

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Do what you can to hook it back up until you can get a new connector.
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Ive been running with a wire hooked up improv like that for a while and no problems thus far.
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If you just run the wire to ground, it will keep the fan on until you get a connector. It's not like you live in a freezing climate.
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Thanks!

For a new connector, I can just cut the lead then solder it to mine?
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For a new connector, I can just cut the lead then solder it to mine?
Don't know if a new connector would come with a lead, but I might be able to find a used one with wire if you give me a day.
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Sure Bruce, that would be appreciated.

I didn't think I'd be able to source a brand new one, but since I'll be picking up body panels this weekend from a salvage yard, I figured I could snip one off of a junker while I'm there. If you have one available, that would be better.
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Sorry, couldn't find one.
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You really cant fit a normal spade on it?
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No worries Bruce. Thanks for looking.

I drove the car 40 miles round trip for an estimate last night with a banged up front end and the lead wire grounded without a problem. It's going into the shop on Saturday. The guy has 6 dead and semidead miatas parked out front. I'm sure he can hook me up.
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I just pulled the connector out and used some small tin snips to cut enough plastic off until I could solder in a good piece of wire. Then I painted it with a few coats of liquid electrical tape. It's been okay for a couple of months anyway.

Mazda won't sell you the connector because it's "part of the harness." Though I imagine you can get it somewhere, since other cars use that model of thermoswitch.
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