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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-24-2011, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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engine temp gauge

i searched on here but did not really get the answer i was looking for.
1st, on the stock engine temp gauge where does the needle sit when truck sat overnight? when you first get in the truck cold you start it and where is the needle? is it below the first line? or right on top of it?. 2nd, after installing the 203 thermostat my needle now goes to center around R i believe and then goes to the end of the A and then back to center. this happens all the time while driving. its like i am watching the thermostat open and close. is that right? if i just let it idle then it sits straight up with no movement. any info would be appreciated.
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#1 The needle will fall back to the stop, after you turn it off, (about a 1/4" below the white line).

#2 Sounds about nomal to me.. As long as it stay in the "normal" range, You should be just fine..

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Re: engine temp gauge

Thank you for your response. I tought i was running a little high but i guess its normal. Thank you once again.
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Re: engine temp gauge

i put an 195* in this fall and it's running in o and r, just driving and no towing.

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Re: engine temp gauge

Mine never even touches the N unless its 100* outside and I have a trailer on.

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Re: engine temp gauge

Replaced mine earlier this summer and noticed the existing one had a ring of small holes around the T-stat value that would let fluid by pass prior to valve opening. Replaced with a Stancor no holes (maybe one) now runs around the "O R" range. Prior to change out would not get to the "N"

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Mine never even touches the N unless its 100* outside and I have a trailer on.
Change your thermestat.. It might be sticking on you...

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Re: engine temp gauge

Mine never gets to the N either. I see that a replacement neck is probably a good idea. How much coolant will I need drain?

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Mine never gets to the N either. I see that a replacement neck is probably a good idea. How much coolant will I need drain?
I did not drain any coolant when i did my T-stat. Well i lost about a quart if that when i took the hose off and the T-stat housing..

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