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Old 08-25-2004, 11:52 AM
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Very Odd Engine Temp

My 83 300D acted up a bit when I first got it, temp running high (around the 100 mark), twitchy indicator etc. I couldn't drive it last winter because the axle shafts broke. I fixed them in the spring and have been driving the car on and off all summer. The temp stayed right where I like it, about a half inch off the 80 degree mark. Until This morning. It was cool this morning, 46 degrees or so when I left for work, the temp went right to 100 and stayed there or a little under all the way into work.
Why does the car indicate it's running hotter on a cooler day? Could this be a function of the thermo fan? Seems that as long as the outside temp is high, the car's engine will run cooler. Sort of odd, no?
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Old 08-25-2004, 12:06 PM
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My guess is a short somewhere. My temp. guage jumps around and I am in the middle of diagnosing and trying to fix.

I will post when I have the answer.

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Old 08-25-2004, 12:06 PM
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Rmmagow.

Sounds like a corroded or bad temperature sensor.

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Old 08-25-2004, 08:38 PM
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On the hotter days, are you running the A/C? If so, that will also run the aux. fan and help keep the temps down.
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Old 08-25-2004, 10:59 PM
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a/c A/C AAAAA//CCCCCCC What the hell's THAT. A 123 with A/C you gotta be kiddin' :-) Actually, no, my a/c never worked since I got the car. In fact last summer I had the aux wired up to run all the time and it didn't maje any diff. Really funnym by this afternoon the outside temp was up to about 78 degrees or so, car ran nice and cool all the way home. I'm taking a couple of days off and will swap out the temp sensor and fool around withthe gauges a bit. Mostly, it 's just a curiosity since the engine doesn't have a hot smell or anything. I'm thinking too, it probably even runs better a bit hot. Thing gets a pretty religious 29 MPG and I'm always on it.
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Old 08-25-2004, 11:10 PM
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Wow, I just can't believe it got down to 46 somewhere already? I've never lived anywhere but Texas, so I only know one weather pattern...
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Old 08-25-2004, 11:25 PM
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a/c A/C AAAAA//CCCCCCC What the hell's THAT. A 123 with A/C you gotta be kiddin' :-) Actually, no, my a/c never worked since I got the car. In fact last summer I had the aux wired up to run all the time and it didn't maje any diff. Really funnym by this afternoon the outside temp was up to about 78 degrees or so, car ran nice and cool all the way home. I'm taking a couple of days off and will swap out the temp sensor and fool around withthe gauges a bit. Mostly, it 's just a curiosity since the engine doesn't have a hot smell or anything. I'm thinking too, it probably even runs better a bit hot. Thing gets a pretty religious 29 MPG and I'm always on it.
It was about 82 here today, cooler then normal. Ran my a/c on low fan and medium cool on the wheel, on a hot 95 degree day it will give you an ice cream headache. Love the 134 conversion. The road trip fuel use average was 31 mpg and I cruised about 65 mph most of the time.
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Old 08-25-2004, 11:45 PM
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How about a sticky thermostat? It is possible!!!
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Old 08-26-2004, 01:21 AM
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My AC doesnt work that well but it doesn't seem to run more thatn two or three deg. hotter with it on. I have never heard the aux fan come on which makes me think it's not really running as hot as it shows.

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Old 08-26-2004, 08:47 AM
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yeah, I am betting some kind of sticky thermostat too. I;ve got a few of them, I'll swap today and see. It's now a scorching 51 degrees. This is cold even for RI. Not much of a summer this year, only ONE day over 90. Last year we had two weeks of 100+, that's summer!
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