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Old 06-25-2003, 05:03   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering where your temperature gauge sits around town or on the highway. Around town I am lucky to get the engine into the normal operating temperature on the gauge. On the highway at 100 the arrow sits right in the centre of the C and at 130 it points to the lower edge of the C. The highest temp I have had the ute is halfway into the normal range after 45minutes of donuts, roosts and sideways action in a gravel pit. Is this normal? I have been told that if your engine runs too cold the computer adds more fuel to raise the temp and your fuel consumption goes to shit. Is mine running too cold and what can I do about it.
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Old 06-25-2003, 05:16   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Does my ute run too cold

On my ute, the normal position that the gauge reaches is just between the N and O of NORMAL. After a five minute warm up, it'll take maybe five minutes of driving for it to get there (depending on the weather though of course). Whether I have the car sitting idling for 15 minutes, in heavy trafic with the A/C on or flyin on the highway at 180km.h in 50deg temp, it never goes above that point (and no, I don't think that's any sort of sensor/gauge problem, just a good cooling system). Of course, I dunno how similar the AU is to XH and whether yours is V8 or I6, so my temp behaviour may not mean much(?)

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I have an I6 and it takes a good 15 minutes of driving before the temperature reaches C.
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Re: Does my ute run too cold

xhute. could be a little low. sounds like your thermostats might be perminantly opened and not allowing the egine to warm up before the radiator is put into action. Plus living in Canberra in winter wont heat it up much.....
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Re: Does my ute run too cold

my ea sedan sit just below the normal section
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Re: Does my ute run too cold

Driving around town my XH sits at the bottom of the M in NORMAL, and when I'm giving it abit, its up between the R and the M. On several occasions during summer its been up around the O, but not for very long.
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Re: Does my ute run too cold

I would also say your thermostat is stuffed. You will want a new thermostat, thermostat housing, and gasket to do the job.
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mine is lucky to get into the norm operating range unless im stuck in heavy traffic its really hot and the A/C and then it never gets to the N, other times it sometimes will just touch the line after a 15 min drive. this would be new thermo time wouldnt it
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Re: Does my ute run too cold

My EB2 issues started as a thermostat, then a thermostat housing, and then the obligatory gasket, and then the hoses were hard so noew hoses. And then it ran hot so new radiator. Still hot on high speed runs so lo and behold new water pump. Then the coolant tank cracked so new tank. And after all this it was too much and the head gasket went so new engine.

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I hope I don't end up like you Aussie Pete as it will cost me a fortune. The power steering pump needs work at the moment and thats enough time and money. I will get the mechanic to check the thermostat Monday when he puts a re-con power steering pump in. How much is it likely to cost for thermostat,housing and gasket?

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