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Old 11-18-2005, 12:11 AM   #1
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i went to get gas just now, and my temp never got above 130 or so degrees. i have a 180 drilled tstat. i know that i takes longer to warm up but it has always gotten above that.
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I'm guessing it'* cold now where you live. you need to swap it out and put a regular 190 or 200 stat in there.
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it was between 20-24*
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I talked with him on MSN tonight, we got er under control now.
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6* this morning on the way to work.....I have a 180 drilled in right now...I never got to the 1.4 mark....hell....I don't even think I went much past the 1/8 mark...ya that snuck up on me lol
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First off where are you getting this data? A scanner? or the gauge itself? A properly drilled 180 t-stat should be fine in the winter. It will just not blow as warm of air and will take a little longer to get up to temp especially if you just start your car and go. If the temperature is true then I think that you have improperly drilled your t-stat (to big of holes/to many) or your t-stat is stuck open.
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I have a drilled 180. It will eventually reach normal temps, it just takes a LOT longer in the cold.
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is it really bad for the motor to run at a lower temp though? I dont see how it would harm anything other than not being as fuel efficent as at 180*+....also I would think that the motor getting warmer slower would be easier on components.
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First off where are you getting this data? A scanner? or the gauge itself? A properly drilled 180 t-stat should be fine in the winter. It will just not blow as warm of air and will take a little longer to get up to temp especially if you just start your car and go. If the temperature is true then I think that you have improperly drilled your t-stat (to big of holes/to many) or your t-stat is stuck open.
If you're talking to me....

Gauge...

2 holes

1/16th of an inch each. Also I KNOW where 180* is on my gauge...compared it to scan tool data MANY times.
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No LakevilleSSEi it was directed at ELMACHOGERACHO because I know (at least on the Bonne'* I've messed with) the gauge isn't very accurate.

As far as it being harmful. Running that cold on a N/A 3800 will crete a rich situation - this is why you don't use a 160* t-stat. A rich engine can be just as bad as a lean engine. A rich engine will create carbon buildup and a cold engine will increase engine wear.
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