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MjRocket 03-12-2016 09:45 PM

Possible cheap coolant level sensor replacement?
 
Found this part while searching for coolant level sensor prices. Damn cheap! Anyone ordered one of these by chance? Probably to good to be true.

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/se...0&addfitment=1

Dave928S 03-12-2016 10:41 PM

In terms of what they are, they should be cheap, as its just a magnetic reed switch in the central casing with a sliding magnetic float. It'd be a interesting to do a side by side comparison as to function, fit and switching depth level. The only problem I see is that it screams non-original as its black instead of the OE white.

MjRocket 03-12-2016 10:46 PM

Possible cheap coolant level sensor replacement?
 

Originally Posted by Dave928S (Post 13102251)
In terms of what they are, they should be cheap, as its just a magnetic reed switch in the central casing with a sliding magnetic float. It'd be a interesting to do a side by side comparison as to function, fit and switching depth level. The only problem I see is that it screams non-original as its black instead of the OE white.

If the black is the only difference and it would indeed fit/work...For the price i could live with it. :thumbup:

The OEM ones i found online were $160 :confused:

Dave928S 03-13-2016 03:42 AM


Originally Posted by MjRocket (Post 13102261)
If the black is the only difference and it would indeed fit/work...For the price i could live with it. :thumbup:

The OEM ones i found online were $160 :confused:

That price doesn't bear any relationship to the manufacturing cost of it ... it's just the Porsche price, which applies to a few other things, for no particular reason that I can understand, other than to escalate the price because they can. They used to be about $50 seven or eight years ago ... which was also too much back then.

FredR 03-13-2016 04:01 AM

MJ,

Interesting find given many of the original items are quite possibly not working by now. Better still, they are intended as a direct 928 replacement without any mods.

Hopefully someone can/will offer some feedback.

Rgds

Fred

MjRocket 03-13-2016 09:00 AM

I'll go ahead and order one to inspect/test, I'll let everyone know my findings. However, if anyone else has any further thoughts or opinions I'd still like to hear them.


Thx

MjRocket 03-13-2016 09:28 AM

Ordered...We shall see. :corn:

Jerry Feather 03-13-2016 11:08 AM


Originally Posted by MjRocket (Post 13102815)
I'll go ahead and order one to inspect/test, I'll let everyone know my findings. However, if anyone else has any further thoughts or opinions I'd still like to hear them. Thx

When you apply the "Chinese Water Pump Formula" and it is that much cheaper than the factory one (or other expensive source) you should know automatically that it is no good.

Wisconsin Joe 03-13-2016 11:39 AM


Originally Posted by Jerry Feather (Post 13102995)
When you apply the "Chinese Water Pump Formula" and it is that much cheaper than the factory one (or other expensive source) you should know automatically that it is no good.

True to a point.

One issue with the "Cheap Chinese Stuff" is quality control. It isn't that all of the stuff is junk, it's that you can't be certain of the quality. One might be fine. The next junk. The one after that fine.

And coolant level sensors aren't water pumps. From the standpoint of "essential for the car to function" and from the "how much time/money does it cost to replace it?" one.
From a durability/environment question too. What does the WP have to do and where does it have to do it? Ask the same of the coolant level sensor.

I'm curious as to how it does in the real world.

murray928 03-13-2016 11:52 AM

Does anyone have the part number for the original Porsche sensor ?

ROG100 03-13-2016 01:08 PM

928 641 503 01

ROG100 03-13-2016 01:11 PM

Thanks MJ - awesome find if it works - may be able to use the original cap to keep the white look on the tank. Ordered one as well - we will see.

FredR 03-13-2016 03:40 PM


Originally Posted by ROG100 (Post 13103313)
928 641 503 01

Roger,

Am I right to understand the Porsche part is no longer available that or there are not many left to be had?

Rgds

Fred

Randy V 03-13-2016 03:43 PM

It was NLA when I bought mine a few years ago:

https://rennlist.com/forums/928-foru...el-sensor.html

MjRocket 03-13-2016 03:45 PM


Originally Posted by Randy V (Post 13103722)
It was NLA when I bought mine a few years ago:

https://rennlist.com/forums/928-foru...el-sensor.html

I think they were put back into production at some point between then and now, as I've found them currently for sale online.. However the prices I've seen are insane!


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