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where is the ambient air temperature sensor located on a 2001 dodge dakota

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Old 03-02-2009, 03:34 PM
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where is the ambient (outside) air temperature sensor located on a dodge dakota?

This would be the sensor that tells the outside temp and displays on your overhead console.

I just want to check and see if my truck already has one or at the very least, have the plug so I can just plug a new one in. I just bought a used overhead console (temp, mileage, trip etc) and auto-dim rear view mirror from the wrecking yard ($50.00) and I plan on installing it as soon as I purchase the wiring harness off e-bay for my specific year, make, and model (I have to provide my VIN) to make sure it's the correct harness.

I'm already pretty sure my truck is not pre-wired in the headliner. But it would be sweet if it was.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

a pic of where it's located would be ideal.
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Old 03-02-2009, 04:09 PM
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It's mounted on a metal brace on the side of the radiator. I *think* it's on the passenger's side. Sorry I have no pics but if you go to the local Dodge dealer the Parts Dept. guys can print it out for you, should be no charge for that. Unless you have an SLT I doubt it will be pre-wired for the console.

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Old 03-02-2009, 04:37 PM
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It's mounted on a metal brace on the side of the radiator. I *think* it's on the passenger's side. Sorry I have no pics but if you go to the local Dodge dealer the Parts Dept. guys can print it out for you, should be no charge for that. Unless you have an SLT I doubt it will be pre-wired for the console.

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Thanks for th equick answer.

But.......At, above, or below bumper level?


Actually, I do have the SLT, 4.7, 2001 4 X 4 extended cab. But everything I've read (here and other sites) say it's not pre-wired.
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just save yourself some money and make your own harness unless you don't have the plug for the computer. i just did this myself and it works perfect i have a thread all about it and i'm gonna be consolidating it and making it into a diy soon. granted mines a 2000 but i have a link for a 2001 and newer if you want it. i've been lookign for the stupid temp sensor too lol but have yet to find it or the plug
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:18 PM
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just save yourself some money and make your own harness unless you don't have the plug for the computer. i just did this myself and it works perfect i have a thread all about it and i'm gonna be consolidating it and making it into a diy soon. granted mines a 2000 but i have a link for a 2001 and newer if you want it. i've been lookign for the stupid temp sensor too lol but have yet to find it or the plug
Yeah...post that link you have for the 2001 Dakota. That's what my truck is. I'd like to read/see it.

The overhead console I bought was out of an 2000 durango, But I'm pretty sure there won't be any differences between the two vehicles.

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Old 03-02-2009, 06:48 PM
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I dont know if this helps at all but i took my temp sensor out of a 99 silverado and wired a auto dimming/comp/temp mirror in my truck. Heres what it looks like for a chevy... I cant imagine it would be too much different for dodge..
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Old 03-02-2009, 09:28 PM
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OK this is from my 2001 Dakota Service Manual. "The ambient temperature sensor is a variable resistor mounted to a bracket that is secured with a screw to the right side of the radiator yoke, behind the radiator grille and in front of the engine compartment."

From the picture in the manual it looks like it's mounted near and maybe a little below the area where the rubber flap is, you know the one we all remove to let more air flow into the engine compartment. Sensor itself looks like a smaller O2 sensor with a metal mounting tab attached to it. The dealer parts guys should be able to print out a picture for you.

The manual says the ambient temp sensor is hardwired to the mini trip computer in the overhead console. This tells me that if the truck didn't come with the console from the factory, there is no wiring for it. I personally would check at a junk yard before buying the harness off of eBay, but maybe eBay has the entire harness? I don't know much about that, but I do know others have added the overhead console and got it to work.

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Old 03-03-2009, 12:40 PM
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That not exactly right. My '01 Dakota didn't come with the overhead computer. I put in an OC in a couple of years ago and the plug for the ambient air temperature was right where the manual said it should be. I had to buy the sensor, but the plug was hiding behind that plastic flap on the passenger side.

And I agree with TheePlaymaker, it's only about a few wires. It's be cheaper to make your own harness to tap into the existing wiring under the dash.
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