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Big Jack

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PostSubject: Is this normal?    Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:46 pm

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Scan tool shows coolant temp of 196 F & temp gage on cluster is just under 3/8 of range.
Water pump was just replaced. At the same time, I replaced the gage sender in the head.
If this is normal, what should coolant temp be when gage is at center of range?
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PostSubject: Re: Is this normal?    Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:26 am

The temperature gauge in both of my RMW's hovers at 1/4 or so once warmed up. So about that temperature.

Never treated the gauges as that accurate. It never goes above 1/2 even in heavy traffic. At least on both of my 1996 wagons. Both are tow pack cars. One converted to electric fans the other still running the mechanical fan.

My 95 Caprice.. That's another story.  But cruising it also hovers at about that position. I have only seen over 1/2 one time and that was in heavy traffic with an outside temperature hovering near 100 with the A/C Blasting. I did not have a scan tool hooked up at that time. But I know she was hot.

Can't really say about the Caddy as it does not have a temperature gauge.

I think you are in range. Don't forget the Scan tool is reading at the water pump not the head where the gauge resides. Not that it matters much.
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Rev Bob

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PostSubject: Re: Is this normal?    Tue Oct 04, 2016 5:43 am

Quarter scale is normal for factory thermostat.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this normal?    Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:11 pm

the gauge is irrelevant. Yours is in the "acceptable" range.

use the ECC (electronic climate control) to display the temps and go from there.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this normal?    Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:25 pm

That's where my temp. gauge stays all time. It, and the gas gauge must have been calibrated by an optimist at g.m.
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