Had a hard time with a simple job
Was gonna replace the coolant temperature sensor on my 09 jeep gc today. Started off good and got the old sensor out. The new sensor, which somehow looked different than the original (original one is plastic and new one seems metal?) I got from autozone for 8 bucks part #su13813. If you look it up, it looks like a plastic one but it's really a metal one. Anyways this metal one had Teflon tape already on it and I installed it. Had a REALLY hard time torquing it in when that tape reached the threads. Kept turning and the connector on top of the sensor cracked. So I had to take the new one out and put the old one back in. I wasn't using a deep 19mm socket to remove it, the one I was using had the connector on top of the sensor jammed into the socket with no space to move and a slight move could crack it. Bought a deep 19mm socket with more room for the connector so it won't crack but my question is has anyone done this job before? Is it really that hard to torque it in? My socket kept skipping because it was so hard to torque all the way down past the Teflon tape. If I don't torque it all the way down, the sensor sticks up halfway compared to the old plastic one which is flush. So I got another sensor coming in Tuesday and wanna know if I did something wrong or something doesn't seem right. Should be an easy job not a nightmare. Thanks!