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Old 10-31-2010, 11:43 AM
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Mine displays about half way between 130 and 210, which seems cool compared to the same gauge on all other Jeeps I own, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Liberty, which seem to have same gauge. heat works, not super hot, though. I don't know if there is an issue or not, so I thought I'd find out where your gauages diplay when engine is warmed up. If mine is normal then so be it, otherwise I can check the T Stat.
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Although I have a smaller engine than you, as a Jeep owner, I have to agree, my truck runs way cooler, usually around 190-200 when at operating temp whereas my Cherokee (I6), usually ran right around 210.

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If your gauge is accurate that meant your hanging in the vacinity of 170. If that's the case that's awsome. A bunch of guys here install a 180 t-stat to get those kind of results. Also remember, if you are running the heat, the heater core is like a mini auxilary radiator, only the heat exhausted blows into the cab.
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Agreed ^^^^!

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I may want to check the T Stat, then. With heater off, it is at about 170, but the heat is not as hot as I am going to want it here in WI in the winter. I am not towing anything, don't need extra cooling, so I'll see what the PO has installed the way of a T Stat. I'd like the truck to run at factory spec temp and produce good heat. Thanks, the feedback was very valuable.
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in the winter, you can always raise the heaters output with the use of some cardboard to block about 1/2 the radiator, if you don't find your answer
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I guess I'll swap out whatever T Stat is in there for a new 195 degree. I'll know afterward if the previous owner had a cooler T Stat in there. My thought is that the engine was designed to run at 195, cooler than that will decrease mileage and heater output. I doubt she's going to overheat even in the summer. I've never had a well tuned vehicle do that, old or new. If heat doesn't improve, I'll flush the heater core. After that I'll assume that is the best the heater can do.
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You should get heater output temps around 140 degrees from the center outlet with the heat on high and operating in recirc mode.
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You should get heater output temps around 140 degrees from the center outlet with the heat on high and operating in recirc mode.
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At idle, stuck a thermometer in the vent, reading no where near 140. If I rev engine to 2500 rpm, temp cimbs to 140 then stays there until rpms drop, then temp drops. This is while truck is in park. Temp gauge never changes from about 170. Voltage is always in the "good" zone, never changes. Blower motor speed is constant as well. I am wondering if this indicates clogged heater core. Any thoughts?
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