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Old 10-27-2003, 10:01 PM   #1
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Default 180 stat for winter?

I now a lot has been mentioned about 180 stats but all I need to know is whether or not a 180 is good enough for cooler fall temps and colder winter climate driving? Winters in NJ get cold buttnothing like where some of you guys live!

I've usually used a MotoRad 192 stat in winter but I really would like to keep the 180 Stant from summer in the car (a 1992 Bonneville SE) right through the winter if I can.

So is a 180 a good all weather stat regardless of where you live?
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I put my stat in last winter. I believe it was in January, which is the coldest month usually. I don't think there'* anything wrong with keeping that in. Now if it'* drilled that'* a different story.

Syracuse winters suck too, I feel you. Anyone who'* heard of Syracuse probably heard about the shi**y winters. (except for 2001, that winter was so nice and mild)
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Iv noticed already that the 180 isnt letting the car warm fast enough (idling in the morning) now driving thats a different story, the heatt goes on and the temp goes way down. Im changing mine back to the 195 as soon as I get my coolant level sensor. Im curious to see what others think
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Still using the stock 195 stat in mine. Taking my ride in this morning for an oil change and while I am there getting a cooling system flush and new coolant before winter gets here.
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im thinkin of puttin my 195 back in...my car takes forever to warm up...bout 10 min idle.. things a beast
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I put my stat in last winter. I believe it was in January, which is the coldest month usually. I don't think there'* anything wrong with keeping that in. Now if it'* drilled that'* a different story.
I will have to agree with that.. I don't see how warm up time would suffer ( unless it'* drilled ). The T-stat won't open to allow circulation to/from radiator so warm up will be the same ( only difference is that the stat will open AFTER it'* warmed up to 180 instead of 195 and by that time you should be able to spit lots of warm air at you ). Unless you got a fail safe 180 T-stat that has failed ( which would then remain open all the time when failed instead of normal T-stat that I believe remains closed ( and you will know it when the temp keeps going up ). Where'* our Tech info junkie
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well its about 40 degrees hear n i dont notice a difference the car warms up the same if not faster cuz the t-stat opens faster
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What Drifter said.

The engine with a 180 tstat will warm up to 180 at the same rate as an engine with a 195 tsat.

And in the lower 48, a 180 tstat will work fine and you'll have plenty of heat... except maybe in Nort' Dakota or International Falls, Minnesota.

I ran my 180 in Wyoming all winter with no problems, but it'* not as cold here as the above places. I love it.
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same hear rarely do we get below zero
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Everyone remember that we have a cast iron block and heads.... When these engines get cold it takes a good bit to get the warmed up... Also the 180 does not make any diffrence in the way the engine warms up... Anytime you are freezing your butt off and you see some temp on the gage and you turn the heat on full blast, you will cool the engine off... You get the heat from the engine coolant, so when you turn the heat on to keep warm you are in fact helping cool the coolant in the engine thus cooling the engine too...
very good point
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