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Old October 17th, 2013, 07:06 PM
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200tdi temp question (yes I searched)

OK easy question: I let my 200tdi idle today just because, outside temp was 75F (Sunny CA) and it worked its way up to 195F on the IR gun 200F on the VDO mechanical gauge. Rad hoses were soft until T stat opened and then top hose hot but could hold it bottom much cooler and firmer but not rock hard. since I have had so many overheating issues and everyone says these are "cool running" engines so I just want to make sure this is normal.
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Old October 17th, 2013, 07:10 PM
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That's about right, but the real question is what is the temp under load at speed?
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Old October 17th, 2013, 07:14 PM
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I would agree that sounds pretty normal. The most I've seen out of my 200tdi is just over 200 on the VDO gauge in 100 degree summer heat, both around town and on the freeway.
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Well i haven't checked it since i got it back from the shop (where they found missing gaskets for the turbo, worn boost hoses, blah blah from when the turbo was replaced, also found the new fan clutch wasn't turning on at the correct temp. It came on at 220 on the gauge no idea if this is normal or not. )Seems that around town the gauge will read up to 210 when the t stat opens and it drops to 200. From todays test i would say that it runs up to 195 while idling. Before all this was done it hit 220 climbing big hills topping 7000 ft and the fan would come on and get it down to 205 so i'm hoping this will be better. Now have an adjustable setting on the AC fan set for 205 so we will see.
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Mine runs extremely cool. 185-188 degrees at idle, 173-180 degrees when in motion. In hot weather while wheeling it gets up to 190. I've never seen it above 195.
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Mine ran consistently at 190-200, 210 if I really pushed it.
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You have AC? Do you have a fan shroud? Is your engine a stock setup or a typical UK bodge?
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I have a fan shroud, proper for 200tdi, factory a/c set up, stock set up for the engine. the turbo is a slightly larger one (from what I was told) but still a garrett , with oil and coolant cooled set up
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I have a fan shroud, proper for 200tdi, factory a/c set up, stock set up for the engine. the turbo is a slightly larger one (from what I was told) but still a garrett , with oil and coolant cooled set up
El, on my 300tdi with AC, I am running similar temps when using the AC. With the AC off things are a bit cooler, closer to 195-205 and I am also able to go a little faster. The AC sucks a lot of power from the engine thus increasing the heat output. Add to that the heat soak and airflow blockage from the AC condenser and pusher fan, and your temps don't seem out of line.
Others here have posted similar issues, and made improvements to the radiator with good results.

With your setup I would want an EGT gauge and a boost gauge too.
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Thanks everyone for the peace of mind. Yesterday i took it out for a short city drive (75-80F), took awhile to get up to 180, first time that has ever happened as usually its 195-200 in 3 min. Also temp never got over 180 until i gave it some incentive and at 65 it hit 195. I did swap in a 82C t stat just before i did this. Last time the same t stat was in it didnt do that so hopefully this means i'm finally stable on my temp issues (fingers crossed, sacrifices of oxen, virgins, and wine have been made to the appropriate gods and goddesses). I wasnt able to run the ac as the blower has been knocked off and has to be repaired and no hills and empty BUT this is the best she ran in 3 years so yay!
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Very good!
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