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Old 03-25-2002, 12:14 PM
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Question 190e 2.6 overheating

My 190e 2.6 89 MB overheats when the car is not moving. The temperature drops when the car moves, but I know it is nor a normal operation.

I suspect that the clutch is not tuning the fan faster when the temperature increases. Is there a way to test the clutch or is there a sensor that turns up the speed of the fan and how can I test it?

Any other recommendations?

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Old 03-25-2002, 01:04 PM
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Mine started doing that just before a scheduled coolant change. While I was there I changed the plastic thermostat housing with a metal one. While I was there I changed the thermostat. WHen I saw the old thermostat I found out why it was overheating when it wan not moving: the thermostat had physically broken, I'm lucky the water pump didn't start chewing on the parts

IMHO thermostats should be regularly changed every 5 years or so. How old is yours?
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Old 03-26-2002, 01:16 AM
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I had the same problem with my 190E 2.6. It turned out to be the thermostat. The thermostat would open only a crack and would cause poor circulation at low speeds but the temp would be normal on the highway. It is very easy to check the thermostat on these cars about 5 minutes. I would recommend replacing it as the first thing you do. It cost about $25.
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Old 03-26-2002, 04:49 AM
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My thermostat only cost me less than $11.00 here at Partsshop/Fastlane.
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Old 03-26-2002, 07:37 AM
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Unfortunatly once a viscous fan has had its day its a replacement one im afraid. The actual viscous has probably dried up and isnt operating the clutch anymore. There are a couple of things you can do.

1) replace the thermostat, this is always good practise and they are only a few /$ or whatever to buy.
2) Get a replacement fan
3) Scrap the viscous fan altogether and fit an electric one, they are much more efficient, and dont drain valuable engine BHP when they are running.

The fan you have got is easy enough to test. The fan should come on about 100 degress on your temp gauge. at about 100 degrees, rev the engine, you will be able to hear a rush of air as the fan spins round with the speed of the engine rather than freewheeling as it normally would be. Let the temp creep to about 105-110, if by then the fan hasnt kicked in, then thats your problem, and a replacement is needed. I would never let the temp go over 110 if you can help it.

I note you say that on crusing the temp is fine, so i reckon its the fan thats at fault.

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