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Old 04-14-2006, 01:47 PM   #1
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i have a 94 ssei 3.8 sc

what temp should my engine be at

right now it sits one notch pass 200 and does really move around alot
i want to put a 180 stat in it
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200ish sounds about normal.

A 180 will be fine, and that'* still a safe operating temp.
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Please keep in mind that the gauges do have a certain amount of error built into them. It might be 195 when it reads 202.

As Sol says..it does sound normal.
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keep in mind the gauges will still probably fluctuate(that doesn't look right) a bit even with a cooler thermostat. as said, it won't hurt though.
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I have a 180 in my car, and still manage to hit 200* at times when I'm on the freeway on a warm day in heavy traffic and such....I think I've hit as high as 210*.
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