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Old September 13th, 2010, 10:08 AM
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300 Tdi normal operation temperature ?

What would be the "normal" operation temperature for a 300 Tdi, what would be hot and too hot ?
I'm trying to find some temp switches that can fit those numbers.
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I like mine to run at 180, realistically it depends on the load. I have been told to keep it under 230 to prevent head gasket failure. I keep mine below 220.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 02:06 PM
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I like mine to run at 180, realistically it depends on the load. I have been told to keep it under 230 to prevent head gasket failure. I keep mine below 220.
I have a 2.8 which is close to a 300 TDI. I just ran a 6 hour trip in mid 90's Farenheight, and was averaging around 207-210 at 70mph running up and down low hills. My goal is to stay under 220. My engine's reported max temp for continuous operations is 230 F. I would consider green range for me as 190-220.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 02:16 PM
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That's good info, thanks guys .
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That is good info... for some reason I thought 220 was the upper limit.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 08:54 PM
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I realized that you don't really drive with your eyes stuck on the temp gauge, so i was thinking about adding two small led bulbs, one orange that will go on at 200 F and a red one at 220 F. I think i found the temp switch at summitracing.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 09:15 PM
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I have plans for a similar system. But I am thinking a buzzer at 220.
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I drive with a visual pattern similar to pilots, with a routine pattern of all gauges every minute.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 12:04 PM
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I currently run a Speedo (of course) a Tach, temperature and fuel gauge in the stock dash in that order from left to right (RHD truck). The temperature gauge is right there for me to scan. I also highly recommend that the VDO Temp gauge be installed in any Defender. I compared the factory instument to a calibrated temperature instument we have here at work and found the "RED" on the factory instument was 239 degree's, it started to "rise" off of what I considered the "normal" operating temperature (middle of the needle travel) at 220 degrees!
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Old September 14th, 2010, 04:39 PM
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Do you have to change sender if you swap your temp gauge by a vdo ?
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Old September 14th, 2010, 07:47 PM
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yes, but it is drop in. I dont have the part number off hand but if you search it will come up.

If you have the OE gauge... get rid of it.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 09:36 PM
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You guys have been using this ?

http://egauges.com/vdo_mult.asp?Type...Vision&Units=E
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Old September 14th, 2010, 10:18 PM
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Got it, thanks Keith.
I guess after that my cooling monitoring will be improved.
I'm also adding an extra fan on the a/c condenser, just in case. It's getting hotter and hotter down here and traffic jams are getting worse, so you need to know what's happening with your engine ...
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True indeed. My truck never, ever gets hot while sitting, in fact it cools down, but I don't have AC. The things I worry most about are EGT's and engine temp the rest is just for fun, tuning or not getting tickets.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Someone ever crosschecked the accuracy of the vdo temp
gauge and sender ?
I have a vdo voltmeter and get a 0.75 to 1 volt discrepancy,
but i know so i just add it to the reading.
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For what it is worth, when I went to a 16in electric puller fan on the stock radiator I can't get the rig over 190 degrees. Ever, even when hitting 1400 on the egt. It's worth doing.
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So far with the 200TDI I am usually at about 180, only got up to about 193 or so at the top end. That is with a 14" Kenlowe and 2" deep aluminium shroud.
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too cool, not possible

Just finished to install VDO temperature gauge and vdo temperature sender and i'm reading a coolant temperature of 120 - 130 F driving in the city, by day, outside temperature about 80 F, no load on the truck, a/c on and a few traffic jams, is that realistic ?
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Sounds pretty darn ... Normal.
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