Menu

1A Auto Video Library
Our how-to videos have helped repair over 100 million vehicles

How to Replace Ambient Temperature Sensor 05-09 Chevy Equinox

Share on:
  1. step : Remove Ambient Temperature Sensor (0:22)
    • With a trim tool, remove the grille trim
    • Remove four 10 mm bolts along the top of the grille
    • Underneath the vehicle, where the plastic trim is attached to the frame, remove the three trim fasteners with a trim tool
    • Underneath the vehicle, remove the two trim fasteners on each side near the wheels
    • Remove enough trim fasteners to pull away the front of the driver side fender liner
    • Remove enough of the driver side fender liner to access the bumper cover
    • Remove the 7 mm bolt attaching the bumper cover to the fender at the driver side wheel well
    • Use needle nose pliers to remove the two clips attaching the bumper cover to the body panel behind the driver side fender liner
    • Disconnect the driver side fog light electrical connector
    • Remove enough trim fasteners to pull away the front of the passenger side fender liner
    • Remove enough of the passenger side fender liner to access the bumper cover
    • Remove the 7 mm bolt attaching the bumper cover to the fender at the passenger side wheel well
    • Use needle nose pliers to remove the two clips attaching the bumper cover to the body panel behind the passenger side fender liner
    • Disconnect the passenger side fog light electrical connector
    • Slide the bumper cover forward
    • Disconnect the ambient temperature sensor electrical connector
    • Use a trim removal tool to pry down the ambient temperature sensor
  2. step : (4:10)
    • Install ambient temperature sensor
    • Connect the ambient temperature sensor electrical connector
    • Line up the bumper cover and push clips in on each side
    • Connect the fog light electrical connectors on each side
    • Replace the 7 mm bolt connecting bumper cover to the fender on each side
    • Replace the fender liner, and fasteners on each side
    • Replace the trim fasteners underneath the vehicle near the wheels on each side
    • Replace the three middle trim fasteners underneath the vehicle
    • Replace the four 10 mm bolts along the top of the grille
    • Press in the grille trim piece

What's up guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the ambient air temp sensor on this 2008 Chevy Equinox. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to 1AAuto.com.

We're going to take this trim piece off. We're going to use trim tools. Just get underneath here, pry this out. This one's coming out very easily, it's been before. You'll have to get underneath, pry in here. Slide that out, and there should be some clips that hold all these in. We're going to take these four bolts out. I'm going to use a 10 millimeter socket and a ratchet. Now that's loose.

Underneath here, we're going to use this trim tool. We actually sell this trim tool at 1AAuto.com. We want to take these three fasteners out, slide the center out, pull that out, and do the same with the others.

Then on the side, I'm going to take these two trim clips out on this side and also on the other side. Okay, I'm going to use this trim tool to take some of these clips out. I want to remove some of this inner fender well. If you need to, you can remove the wheel if it makes it easier. Just going to peel this back a little bit. I don't have to remove it completely. Just get that out of the way.

Now there's a screw or a bolt right here. I'm going to use a seven millimeter socket and a ratchet to take it out. Take that out. Now I'm going to use some needle nose pliers on the inside here, there's something clips, right here and right here. I just want to squeeze the clip so that I can release the tabs. You might be able to just grab it and pull, but it's a little bit safer to push down with the needle nose, just like that.

Now we want to disconnect the fog light. We'll just take a straight blade screwdriver. I'm just going to release the connector tabs, slide that. And as I disconnect this side, the other side clicks back in, and then release that side and just pull it down like that. Then we're going to do the same with the other side. Then you can grab the bumper on the top and the bottom, and just slide it forward. If you need a hand, grab a partner to help you.

First I'm going to disconnect the connector right here. Just peel that lock back, slide it off. Then I'll take this trim tool, we sell these at 1AAuto.com. Slide in under here, and just pry it down. Try and careful not to break the retainer. There we go, it slides right out.

Take the ambient air temp sensor, just slide it back into position and then connect the connector, and you're good to go.

All right, then I'll just take this bumper. If you need an assistant grab some help. We'll just get this lined up, just like that. Then on the side, you're going to want to push those clips in, same with the other side. Make sure you line these clips up right here and right there. Line those up, push them in.

All right, don't forget to connect the fog lights. You're going to do that on both sides, lock them in place. Now we'll take this screw and get this lined up, get this started. Take my seven millimeter socket and ratchet, tighten this down. You want to make sure that this bumper is lined up with the fender. Take this inner fender liner, get this lined up and take the pushpins, put those back in, and then we'll do the same with the other side.

All right, now we want to push these push clips up over here on this side, then we'll do the same with the other side. Then we want to put the pushpins in here, these three. Then we're going to put these bolts back in on top, there's four of them. Then take a 10 millimeter socket and a ratchet and tighten them down.

All right, now we're going to take this trim piece, if any of these clips came off, if you still have them, you're going to want to put those clips back on, get those lined up in position and lock it in place.

Thanks for watching. If you want the parts to do it yourself, check out 1AAuto.com, the place for DIY auto repair.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set


How to Find and Replace A Blown Fuse in Your Car or Truck

How to Find and Replace A Blown Fuse in Your Car or Truck

Watch this video to learn how to change a blown fuse. The experts at 1A Auto will show you how to locate and change a burnt out fuse in your car or truck.

Search Videos
Go To Top


Same Day Shipping

Orders ship same day when ordered by 2pm ET. Need your part faster? Choose expedited shipping at checkout.


Guaranteed To Fit

Providing you the highest quality, direct fit replacement auto parts enforced to the strictest product standards.


USA Customer Support

Exceeding customers' expectations every day, our team of passionate auto enthusiasts are here to help.


Instructional Video Library

Thousands of how-to auto repair videos specific to year, make and model guide you step-by-step through your repair.

Loading...