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Old 11-18-2002, 07:55 PM
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I did it!!! but now a problem

I have been playing around with the idea of replacing the valve stem seals on my 560 powered 82' 380 SL for awhile and with all the help I got from many of you guys I finally did it. Started it up and a little smoke and then it quit smoking and I took it for a test drive and all seemed well, no smoke and boy was I happy. Then
I noticed after only about 8 blocks or so my temp guage was close to 120. This distance was short for a car started cold. This has not been a previous problem. I came home and checked the oil and coolant and all was at proper level. Is there something that I could have done that would have caused this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 11-18-2002, 09:43 PM
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Geez, it could be just a coincidence, but maybe your thermostat is closed shut????
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Old 11-18-2002, 11:18 PM
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Temp. sensor giving false reading (grounded out in VC R&R) ? Pretty short distance to really get to 120 deg.
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Old 11-20-2002, 08:03 PM
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Thanks to all who sent suggestions. It was a closed thermostat I guess as it has fixed itself. Two days when I drove it would get hot in a very short time. Just returned from a drive with my wife to look ay a house for sale and car never went beyond 90 which is where it normally reads. probably will change thermostat just as precaution.
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