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Thanks for the input,but yes it is the right 195 deg thermostat and no the engine temp would not come up yesterday above 140 deg. even after i replaced the thermostat for the second time. I was scratching my head. it was really cold out. i think about -10 deg outside. today a little warmer out and now the engine is able to warm up enough. I'm wondering if either it is getting pressure locked some how so the thermostat can't function correctly or the radiator fans are running to much so they are cooling the engine down to much. maybe that coolant temp sensor is faulty . I wish it was colder out today so that i could properly test it. appreciate any feedback. thanks, justin

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  • Justin Holter Dec 15, 2009

    Thanks, This sounds like some very good info, I will try the 210 stat and blocking off part of the radiator and see what happens, thanks for your input.

    Justin

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Hi Justin, for starters and as you have mentioned, the climate has an effect on the engine temp, particularly in such harsh climate. You could actually go to a thermostat that opens at about 210. That would make a huge difference in your temp, with it so cold the other day, your engine temp was slow to come up, and the longer the stat stays closed, the lower the temp of the coolant in the radiator gets. That being said, you may be able to go lower on the stat to leave the coolant in the radiator for less time. It really depends on your climate and how often you are going to be dealing with such extreme temperatures. There are pros and cons on both sides of the issue. Your fans are temperature controlled and if they were runniing the other day, My guess is that the coolant temp sensor is faulty. The other side of that coin is, when you get up to about 35 mph, there is enough air being forced thru the radiator so that the fans are not necessary. You could also try blocking part of the radiator off to slow the air flow and thus raise your coolant temp in the radiator...especially when it is really cold. I believe I would try that first. Good Luck! I hope you find this very helpful!

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