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post #11 of 81 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 07:44 PM
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Agree That OAT Is Incorrect

I agree that the outside temp being displayed in the Renegade is not accurate. I park in a covered garage and it is always around 5-7 degrees off when I first get on the road. I realize this can be because weather apps aren't giving weather from where I am exactly located, but the difference is enough to make it suspect. When in the sun the outside temp displayed is usually at least 10-15 degrees higher than expected.

It has been warm lately in Denver, but we haven't broken 100 degrees very much and when the sun is out the temp typically shows over 100. If it was that hot anywhere in the Denver area it would be reported on the news (Denver isn't all that exciting of a place :-) ).

Additionally, every other car I have had with an OAT display seemed to be pretty accurate. Either the Renegade design is flawed (i.e. Jeep put the sensor in a place that is affected by the sun and can't give a true indication of the OAT) or the outside temp sensor is faulty.

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Temperature my Renny-Lat displays is usually right on. Wonder if it's a difference in software versions.
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I may be wrong, but I believe OAT is measured to provide input to the computer for engine operating purposes, not to tell us how warm it is outside. I suspect the sensor is somewhere in the engine air intake system. Perhaps a more knowledgeable person can chime in here but I know that's how it works in my other vehicles.
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Bottom of the passenger side mirror.

Mine reads fine after driving a little ways. When I first leave work of course it reads pretty high because it's been sitting in direct sun.
Oh, that's what that is! I was poking at it, trying to figure out what the heck it was, and why there wasn't one on the driver's side. Good to know!

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Bottom of the passenger side mirror.

Mine reads fine after driving a little ways. When I first leave work of course it reads pretty high because it's been sitting in direct sun.
Really? There? what an odd place for a sensor. I would have thought it was near the interior dash or in front of the radiator/hood.

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Just checked mine using an outdoor thermometer. It was dead on.
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anybody have issues with the jeep outside temp displaying too high? seems fine at cooler temps but the warmer it gets the greater it is off accuracy. displays warmer by 4 to 8 degrees.
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anybody have issues with the jeep outside temp displaying too high? seems fine at cooler temps but the warmer it gets the greater it is off accuracy. displays warmer by 4 to 8 degrees.
Is this while in motion for a little bit or after the vehicle has been sitting for a couple hours?

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both, will be really high if its sitting and slowly go down when moving but stay about 4 degrees high
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You have to realize that it's not a scientific reading and it's going to be a more general temperature as thermometers can be affected by various things, (wind, sun, metal) and won't always be 100% precise. These are issues meteorologists have to deal with when locating thermometers in order to get an accurate reading. If the thermometer is placed in sunlight, too hot. If placed attached to metal, this could lead to hot metal affecting the reading. Don't expect a car thermometer to be scientifically correct when it has wind, sun, and other elements to deal with.
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