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Re: water temp is reading 180 while driving is that okay?...
Hi.Yes,normal operating tenpeture for these vehicles is anythere between 180 an 205. At about 205 degree,the ECM turns on the coolant fans.The only time the coolant fans are on at all times is when the a/c is on.As far as the funny smell,it could be the heatercore starting to leak.If it smells like coolant,it will be the heater core.I suggest you take it to your local dealership.This repair will be covered under the factory warrenty.
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Hi Bill, is the engine actually getting hot enough for the fans to come on? if the engine does have overheating problem (but you say the temp gauge reads normal) then i would check the operation of the engine temp switch, there are two, one for the gauge and one for the fans.
All that. The mechanic should have put your truck on a computer that will read what the temp is. It would have probably read that your truck was running at normal temp. You could have had a thermostat that was stuck partially open causing a lower than normal reading. temp gauges should read about the halfway mark. Seeing how you have a 180 t stat, your temp should be from 170 to 200 this is normal. Find another mechanic, I think you may have been taken.
Everything you said is normal. It is common for these to hear coolant in the heater core, especially with a new one. There is a cure for it but it will make the heater not work as well. 200 coolant temp is normal. It is running at 170 with the air on because the fan is running. You can get a thermostat that opens at a cooler temp but the vehicle will run better and get better mileage at 195. Without the air on the fans will come on at 235. I don't see anything wrong.
um...strange ...engine temp reaches 210 before thermostat opens and lets water circulate ..fans go on before that normally..180 or so..hot air from heater going to cold air? strange...could you elaborate for me /us?