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03-05-2013, 05:29 PM #1
engine temperature too low?
For as long as I can remember My truck runs right at 185 degrees.. highway,city, you name it...
Ive read alot that they are supposed to run at 210 degrees?
Is this true? If so, does this pose a problem? could a 25 degree difference contribute to lost efficiency?
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03-05-2013, 05:45 PM #2
Somewhere north of 200 F, is the normal operating temp. A good indicater is the temp gauge in the dash, straight up, at 12 o'clock is the correct temp position.
Yes, if not operating at the correct temp, the engine may not/will not run at the peak of it's ability. It will probably cost you at the pumpsRay
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03-05-2013, 05:47 PM #3
03-05-2013, 05:49 PM #4
Oh, sorry I should have added that.
It is usually the engine coolant thermostat.
Probably a good time to also have the engine coolant flushed and changed as well.
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03-05-2013, 08:56 PM #6
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Check the fan too, if you have a clutch fan make sure it isnt locked up and running full time.
03-05-2013, 09:02 PM #7
03-08-2013, 10:29 PM #8
Just a toss-out here, that you shouldn't forget the obvious possibility that your temperature gauge is inaccurate. 185 constant seems VERY cool. As indicated by otheres, 205-210 is what you'll normally see. If fluid isn't doing it's job, usually the temp goes UP... Though at 5 years, there's a lot of other reasons to flush your system, too! (additives get used up in the antifreeze, and particulate build-up should be flushed).
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03-08-2013, 10:40 PM #9
RayVoy said the temp gauge should be straight up. (almost strait up, one line from strait up)
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