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Old 12-08-2009, 07:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Running cold??

Hey ya'll, My truck runs cold I believe.. Whenever I'm driving around in the cold weather or even in warm weather, my truck's temp always runs right around the "N" or the "O" in "NORMAL".. Which is ok but to me it seems like thats a lil cold, even though I don't know what degrees those letters are.. Also In cold weather I get some blue smoke whenever I stop at a stop light or I let it sit and idle for a few mins and then take off.. Where do ya'lls trucks run in the "NORMAL" range?? Would a 215 degree thermostat help me out?? I don't want it to run too cold and start washin the cylinder walls with fuel.. What do ya'll think?? It's got the 195 thermostat in it right now.. Thanks, Mike
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Yes, these engines run cool. I remove the fan in Oct and replace it in May; this helps it warm up faster, and it's also quieter (making up for the noisier winter diesel blend) and I'm sure I pick up a few hp by not turning that big fan. Have never heard of a 215* t-stat, though it'd be great to find one; Bob Riley at the dieselsite, among others, sells a 203 or 205* stat which I've heard good things about. I know if I park this thing in cold weather with the temp gauge at "rm" and leave it running at normal idle, when I return to the truck it's cooler than when I parked it... very different than a gasser.
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Thanks man, The 205* Tstat is the one I was thinkin of.. My truck never ever gets to the "RM" The highest I'v ever seen it was to the "R" in "NORMAL" and that was pullin my gooseneck trailer with my tractor on it up a mountain in 3rd gear doin about 30-35mph..
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Keep in mind too that the readings on these gauges are suggestions as to what the actual temp, pressure, fuel level, etc really are... they're not very accurate.
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ive got an actual temp gauge on my truck and disabled the dummy gauge. my truck will run up to 180 then drop and never move from about 165-170 and if left idle will drop to almost 130...i will be going with a 205 soon as im thinking my problem is a stuck partialy open thermo
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