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Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 10:47:23 -0600
From: "Norman Boyce" <>
Subject: Re: 82 Degree Thermostat in Winter?

That is a 180 F thermostat which is normal. You may notice that most everything is metric on the car. 82 C is the proper temp. You are fine "ShazWozza" <> wrote in message news:newscache$8gd2aj$0si$ > wrote: > >> The 9000 I bought a couple of months ago has a 82 degree thermostat in >> it. I'm in Vermont, where we'll probably have some sub-zero F days this >> winter. So far I've driven in 5 degrees F with everything seeming >> pretty normal, although the temp needle rides about a quarter-inch from >> the blue bottom when highway cruising. Is there a mechanical reason I >> need to switch to a higher temperature thermostat for the winter? > > Why should a coolant temperature of 82C be OK for the engine in summer but > not in winter? > > After warm up, an 82C thermostat should maintain that temperature > regardless > of the outside ambient temperature unless it is faulty. It is easily > checked. Remove the thermostat and verify it is closed when cold. Heat it > in a saucepan of water on your stove and with a cooking thermometer check > that it opens at its rated temperature. > > > >

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