Well, it's finally getting cool enough, to road test the blanket. I re-installed the 8 channel thermocouple board so I could watch the engine compartment temps. There will be 4 probes in the area of the 3-way cat, 1 out in front of the radiator block, as a base line (ambient), 1 in the air filter housing, 1 in the warm air pickup tube coming from the cat shield, and 1 in the bell housing, where the IMA motor is part of the drive train. As this Insight gets closer to a greater state of EV, the temp of the IMA motor is of concern; particularly when enclosed in a blanket. Here's a picture of the probe location in the bell housing. There is a nylon bushing to insulate the probe from ground, that cannot be seen behind the black silicone. This location is just below the 12v starter, where I found a boss in the casting. A couple more weekends, and I'll install the blanket.
|Temp probe for the IMA motor.|