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Old 02-04-2009
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Icon13 Lying "Gages"

What's up with this!
Why didn't my stock temp "gage" move (or peg out) when my water temp was this high?
The needle moved maybe it's width higher up the scale, definitely not above the little water temp graphic.

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This troubles me. I know the oil pressure "gage" is an idiot light, but the temperature as well?
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Thats normal. It has to get a LOT higher than that to start spiking the temp gauge. I don't remember what the numbers came out to.
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The stock water temp GAUGE is hardly "accurate". its a general idea.

However, something isn't right about that figure. . That is pretty hot. My fan comes on at 180* (which i checked using the scan tool + temp gauge), and it hardly cycles with a 180* thermostat.

I'd get a temp gun on there and check it out. There might be two different temp sensors on our trucks, im not sure. if there is, i'd look at the one that the ecu looks at...
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lol gage
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There is no need to have the fan come on at 180. Its going to run constantly which is a total waste since 180 is what it will maintain WITHOUT the fan as long as you are moving. I have mine sent for like 190-200 or so. Normal driving and sitting in traffic will never result in it running the fan. Our radiators are very good at cooling.

Purely by accident, I've had it climb high enough to peak the "gage" and the actual temp on the SG2 was in the high 200's. What you are reading in that picture is perfectly normal and not a dangerous condition as long as you aren't doing it all the time.
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I was working the engine pretty hard off road when this happened.


I left some rags and paper towels in the grill when I was changing my oil. I guess they got sucked up against the radiator. What a great way to break in fresh 5w-30 synthetic oil 1/2 hour later!


What kind of temps would signal trouble on the factory stuff?


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there is not idot light for the water temp just the gauge
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My scan gauge was reading my tranny temp at 8190* F. Turns out it sees -1* as 8199*.
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Its hard to see here but my scan gauge was reading 448 HP. (bottom right) WOOT! Turns out I programmed it wrong....
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I don't know how it computes the HP, my reads over 200 sometimes.
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i know when my water temp says 130 i have heat in my truck lol
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229 is high IMO...

anything over 210 is high, it really shouldnt be that high.

250 and antifreeze is boiling!
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i think you mean GUAGE
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I think YOU mean GAUGE!! lol
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Gage or Gauge, both are words and both have similar meanings.
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I think YOU mean GAUGE!! lol
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I think YOU mean GAUGE!! lol
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The warning light on the dash says CHECK GAGE. Knowing the decision making process they use for this stuff, I'm gonna go on the assumption they picked GAGE instead of GAUGE because it is one letter shorter and therefore one letter cheaper.

I also seem to remember the needle rises pretty quickly once it starts getting higher than the 220 or so level. It is in no way proportional.

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The hottest my truck has ever been was 211 and that was ragging the heck out of it at slow speeds off road with my radiator full of mud/dirt. 229 does not seem normal, but it also doesn't seem dangerous. New vehicles are built to run hot. It is better for emissions I suppose.
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Yeah, my whole thing is that the needle doesn't move proportional to the engine temp.
It has it's little place on the scale and it stays there unless a meltdown is happening- I guess.

Oh and yes, I meant "Gage"
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