dodge ram coolant temp

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Old 09-04-03, 10:51 AM
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dodge ram coolant temp

friend has a 98 dually cummins deisel. clutch on fan had to be replced, got a defective one 1st. time. he says the temp was 185 before any work was done on it, now it wants to stay at 195 to 200. any sugestions or input ?

i have a 96 360 ram and it operates at 200 all the time is this normal?
 
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Old 09-04-03, 11:05 AM
darrell McCoy
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What kind of replacement clutch was used, they may vary a little. depending on make. considering most newer vehicles use a 195 thermostat, 200 deg is not that bad. Have you actually checked the temp other than the dash unit? They are not 100% accurate anyhow. I owned a GMC in 92 that "dash read" 205, sold it to a guy and he is still driving it about 100,000 mi later.
 
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Old 09-04-03, 11:18 AM
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I agree, how is the coolant temperature being measured?

Throw out the dash gauge as accurate, because it's not. A scanner (if applicable on this diesel) or a good temperature probe gives a much more accurate picture.
 
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Old 09-04-03, 06:46 PM
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dodge ram temp

factory mopar part was used,and we are going by dash gauage.
 
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Old 09-04-03, 10:28 PM
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why did the fan clutch have to be replaced the first time

was it stuck 'on' (engaged) this would cause a low temperature, like 185,

if it's 'properly' working now, it might be turning on and off gradually to cause the higher temp,

usually as long as the guage is near the middle to slightly lower---it's ok

the dash guages are today's version of an idiot light---not accurate
 
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Old 09-05-03, 06:02 AM
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The dash gauge is useless. Always use a calibrated temperature probe, scan tool or other reliable means to check coolant temperature.

The gauge is basically a marketing gimmick as Mike alluded to .
 
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