Install Outside Temperature Sensor - 2001 Chevy Venture
I installed the
Outside Temperature Sensor after I replaced the Overhead Console in my van.
The replacement console included the Driver Information Center that will
display the outside air temperature as long as the right hardware is
installed in the vehicle. Most of the wiring was already there, but I
had to purchase the sensor (called the "Ambient Air Temperature Sensor" by
the dealer) and do a bit of "engineering" to get it connected.
One of the most entertaining moments of this project was talking on
the phone with someone in the parts department of a local dealer. After
giving him the last few numbers of the VIN and trying to get part numbers &
prices for the pieces to make this happen, he said "Your car didn't
come with that option and it can't be upgraded." After explaining
that I installed a newer console with the Driver Information Center in it he
said "You can't just plug it in and expect it to work!"
Where do they get these guys? I guess he knows how to run the computer and go find
parts on the shelf, but probably doesn't have much experience in putting the
pieces together. The story below proves that if you know what the
pieces are supposed to do and how to connect them properly, you CAN make it
Here are some details and pictures from my 2001 Venture that show how this
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