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Old June 25th, 2015, 12:57 PM
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You gauge moving would make me insane. Something is clearly not right. My truck stays a click under middle on the gauge in all conditions. This is with a new stock radiator. When I had a four core radiator the truck stayed dead center but if the truck sat on a hill facing uphill it would creep up. The four core actually sucked for air going through it. Also I don't have AC so I don't have that fan to push air through. Check your radiator. My original one never leaked but when I touched it the fins literally fell apart. I bet your truck coming from San Diego has a rotten radiator.
Good point, probably wouldn't hurt to replace it, as I do think it is delicate.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 05:53 PM
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What is the normal range in the temp gauge? It would be nice to have actual numbers on these gauges. Usually mine is right in the middle lined straight up with the thermometer icon, but in stop and go traffic it creeps a little to the right (line drawn on pic) but never to red or even close. I assume that is normal. Attachment 123622
That's definitely too hot and you're probably pushing 220F if I had to guess.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 06:18 PM
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That's definitely too hot and you're probably pushing 220F if I had to guess.
Glad I asked. Once moving it goes back to center, but when stopped in hot weather it clicks up. I figured the red zone meant hot, not a click or too above center. My radiator does look rough, so I am about to order a new one and SS oil cooler lines. Hopefully this will help with the issue. My fan clutch seems fine, the fan is strong, and I am not losing any coolant since you helped me with the hoses when you lived here Jimmy.
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Running a hot engine with suspect oil cooler lines? Your username is fitting. What were your first upgrades?
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Old June 26th, 2015, 08:21 AM
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Running a hot engine with suspect oil cooler lines? Your username is fitting. What were your first upgrades?
My lines have been replaced and have shield sleeves over both which was completed by a reputable mechanic on this board prior to my purchase. I've just wanted to get the SS lines so now is a good time.
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Old June 26th, 2015, 08:27 AM
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My lines have been replaced and have shield sleeves over both which was completed by a reputable mechanic on this board prior to my purchase. I've just wanted to get the SS lines so now is a good time.
that's cool. sorry, I was a little surprised.
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Old July 9th, 2015, 05:16 PM
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Got the Defender out for the first time in a few weeks. Once it got warm, I tried the rolled up paper trick, and I could easily stop the fan, so one fan clutch coming up. While I am in there, I have decided to go ahead and do the radiator too as a preventive. I turned on my A/C for the first time in ages, and it was actually blowing semi cool, not cold, so hopefully just a recharge and it will be set.
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Doing the radiator is a good choice. Even if you have to charge the a/c once per year, its worth it.
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Doing the radiator is a good choice. Even if you have to charge the a/c once per year, its worth it.

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