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Here is a two part question that relates to how much mechanical energy is lost cooling the engine.
In a C900, the coolant pump is always active, since it is belt driven.
Q1. Once the engine reaches operating temperature, do higher coolant temperatures have any effect on engine load due to the pump? I'm thinking not.
If temperature rises to the point that the cooling fan activates, that draws electrical power. Electrical power comes directly from the battery, but indirectly from the alternator.
Q2. Does the alternator draw a constant mechanical load whether it is charging or not? In other words, if the cooling fan activates less often, is mileage increased?
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- Do cooler operating temps reduce mechanical losses?, mag , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 02:54:45 <-- Viewing This Message
- Re: Do cooler operating temps reduce mechanical losses?, Ari , Tue, 14 Jul 2009 04:19:15
- Let's leave the politics aside ..., mag , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 21:41:35
- Re: Do cooler operating temps reduce mechanical losses?, mag , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 13:48:16
- I have never used ethanol,, tibbidoh , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 15:46:26
- Re: I have never used ethanol, mag , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 20:13:08
- Re: I have never used ethanol - me either, oldsaab, Mon, 13 Jul 2009 17:09:44
- Re: I have never used ethanol,, Justin VanAbrahams , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:35:33
- Re: Do cooler operating temps reduce mechanical losses?, tibbidoh , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 07:00:39
- Re: Do cooler operating temps reduce mechanical losses?, Landjet , Mon, 13 Jul 2009 05:18:29
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