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Old 04-13-2009, 05:53 PM
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86 190E 2.3-16 running hot and idling high

my 190E is running hot, at a stop it climbs to the mark above the 80 degrees C mark. while moving at 35 its falls back to 80. what could be the problem.

its also idling high at 2000 RPM's and it fluctuates from 1500 to 2000 rpm occasionally.

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Old 04-13-2009, 09:13 PM
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High temp is probably the magnetic fan clutch switch, a temp sensor located at the front of the block (red?) that has failed. Check if the engine mounted fan spins up when the engine idles and the temp rises. If not, remove the wire connector and "short" the pin holes with some insulated wire and see if the fan clutch engages while the engine is running.

Your idle issue could be many things . . . vacuum leak . . . bad idle controller valve . . .

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