New to the forums and looking for some advice on this issue.
I just bought a used 2004 Tacoma with 55k miles. It's the V6 4x4 extended cab. Loving it! Although I already cracked my windshield
I didn't get the extended warranty (hmm, wondering now) from the dealer so it's out of warranty. One thing I didn't notice while looking and driving it at the dealer was that the engine temperature gauge doesn't work. Here's what I've found:
-When I start the car up in the mornings (it's still in the 20s here in Durango at night) the gauge automatically jumps up to the midpoint. It spends no time at all on cold.
-While driving the car the gauge never moves from this midpoint position.
-The heater works fine as it should. The truck idles fine and nothing else indicates that there is an issue. The check engine light has not come on.
So, my original thought was that the ECT sensor is faulty but I would expect the check engine light to come on if this was the case. Is there a fuse somewhere that sits between the sensor and the gauge?
Has anyone seen this happen to your Tacoma? What do you think is going on? I'd like to fix this one myself and avoid the shop.