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Anybody fitted an Oil temp gauge to a Brera 2.4

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I would like to fit an oil temp gauge to my Brera so i know i can give it some welly once the oil is up to temp. Most models have an oil temp gauge but the boost gauge replaces it on the turbo diesel model.
The boost gauge is nice but on turbo engines oil temp is even more of a critical factor than on a naturally aspirated engine.
Has anybody done this and can you suggest a decent kit to fit to a Brera with either a small discreet gauge or a nice looking one.
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Hi, well looks like no ones done this, but I've had a quick look around on ebay and here's a shopping list for you.

There are couple ways to read oil temp, by the flow/return to the oil rad with a tee in one of the flexy lines off the oil pump and a temperature sensor tee'd in, or simplest/quickest is by fitting a sump plug with hole in it to take a temperature sensor.

I've gone the simplest and easiest in this case, so:

M18x1.5 male thread to M10 sender thread and select short body: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LMA-Metal-...36qisXnou5oicA

M18 and M10 Dowty washers: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GERMAN-MET...LGvvVmqKaDtGLw

Endless selection of gauges, this one is M10 sender thread to match sump plug I selected above:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KOSO-Sliml...3D171178029864

Route the cable up to the engine loom entry point on n/s by bonnet hinge, switched power supply can be taken from fuse box under steering wheel...let me know if you need more info.

p.s I just wait for the water temp to reach 90c before letting rip!!

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If oil temp is available via OBD, it would be very easy to just add an OBD guage, plug-and-play.
(or display on your smartphone)
However you would first need to check via f.i. multiecuscan if oil temp is available......
See as example:
http://www.plxdevices.com/category-s/109.htm

http://www.plxdevices.co.uk/companie...er=PLX-Devices

edit: not sure plx supports oil temp pid, but this one (on iphone & android) appears to....

http://www.palmerperformance.com/sup...neric_pids.php

http://www.palmerperformance.com/pro...mand/index.php

and I'm sure there are others....

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^ yes this was my first thought, but the problem is there's no oil temperature sensor.
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^ yes this was my first thought, but the problem is there's no oil temperature sensor.
ok, too bad... Thought there might have been one for the ECU...
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Hi, well looks like no ones done this, but I've had a quick look around on ebay and here's a shopping list for you.

There are couple ways to read oil temp, by the flow/return to the oil rad with a tee in one of the flexy lines off the oil pump and a temperature sensor tee'd in, or simplest/quickest is by fitting a sump plug with hole in it to take a temperature sensor.

I've gone the simplest and easiest in this case, so:

M18x1.5 male thread to M10 sender thread and select short body: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LMA-Metal-...36qisXnou5oicA

M18 and M10 Dowty washers: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GERMAN-MET...LGvvVmqKaDtGLw

Endless selection of gauges, this one is M10 sender thread to match sump plug I selected above:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KOSO-Sliml...3D171178029864

Route the cable up to the engine loom entry point on n/s by bonnet hinge, switched power supply can be taken from fuse box under steering wheel...let me know if you need more info.

p.s I just wait for the water temp to reach 90c before letting rip!!
Excellent. Thanks mate. This is all good info. Alfa usually use a sensor in the sump for their other engines so it would appear that is the best way.
\\I myself had a good look through ebay but i just wondered if anybody else had a good install to have a look at.
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I know you can also get adapters for the oil filter.... Might also be an idea if you have enough room, see f.i.
Oil Filter Sandwich Adapters
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Hi, well looks like no ones done this, but I've had a quick look around on ebay and here's a shopping list for you.

There are couple ways to read oil temp, by the flow/return to the oil rad with a tee in one of the flexy lines off the oil pump and a temperature sensor tee'd in, or simplest/quickest is by fitting a sump plug with hole in it to take a temperature sensor.

I've gone the simplest and easiest in this case, so:

M18x1.5 male thread to M10 sender thread and select short body: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LMA-Metal-...36qisXnou5oicA

M18 and M10 Dowty washers: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/GERMAN-MET...LGvvVmqKaDtGLw

Endless selection of gauges, this one is M10 sender thread to match sump plug I selected above:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KOSO-Sliml...3D171178029864

Route the cable up to the engine loom entry point on n/s by bonnet hinge, switched power supply can be taken from fuse box under steering wheel...let me know if you need more info.

p.s I just wait for the water temp to reach 90c before letting rip!!
Did someone found an oil temp meter that would fit in the middle cooling vent of the dashboard? For me it would look more original with the dashboard.

I'm very interested in this option too. 90° water is still no guarantee that the oil is on running temp. Specially these days when it's getting cold.
 
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