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Old 12-17-2013, 09:57 AM
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Question Normal Operating Temperature?

99 Ranger 2.5. Recently have had problems with the engine not reaching full operating temperature until reaching higher rpm while driving, and heater..well not so hot. Flushed system and changed thermostat and heater seems to work as should.

I usually like to crank the truck and let warm up a little before taking off but it seems that the engine temperature still does not reach the full operating temperature until engine is at a higher rpm. On a cold morning the needle stays at or below the first cold mark on the gauge, until the engine is slightly revved. Once revved and/or going down the road, the temp hands rises almost instantly to normal (a little below half the full temp scale).

Is this a normal temperature change or should the engine reach full operating temperature by just sitting and idling?
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:07 AM
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It is pretty normal. What temp stat did you use?
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& what brand? lol
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:11 AM
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192F Motorcraft.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:12 AM
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192F Motorcraft.
that's the one you want lol

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did you clean off the temp sensor & sender?
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Sensor and Sender? I did notice two sensors and/or sensors mounted to the thermostat housing. I cleaned the housing but did not remove the sensors and clean if this is what you mean.
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:25 AM
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Sensor and Sender? I did notice two sensors and/or sensors mounted to the thermostat housing. I cleaned the housing but did not remove the sensors and clean if this is what you mean.
yes those exactly lol! mine both had a layer of crap on them. i noticed a small difference in the way the gauge read, mostly how quickly it would change haha!

note: be careful cause i cracked my housing when reinstalling lol
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Old 12-17-2013, 10:35 AM
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yes those exactly lol! mine both had a layer of crap on them. i noticed a small difference in the way the gauge read, mostly how quickly it would change haha!

note: be careful cause i cracked my housing when reinstalling lol
Better the housing than the intake,Lol!
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Might try that. Is there another temp sensor or sender mounted to the engine block or are these the only ones?
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Better the housing than the intake,Lol!
true dat! lol

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Might try that. Is there another temp sensor or sender mounted to the engine block or are these the only ones?
nope, on our 2.5L engines, it's just those two. on the older 2.3L lima engines there was one on the block & one on the housing iirc lol
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Might try that. Is there another temp sensor or sender mounted to the engine block or are these the only ones?
You said your heat does not get hot until you drive. is that true?
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Heats gets warm before driving and very hot when driving.
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Heats gets warm before driving and very hot when driving.
Is the truck new to you?

Put some cardboard over the radiator. These trucks run cool.
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"warm before driving"...and temp hand at or below the cold mark. And hotter while driving and temp hand raises to normal reading. 61F here now. Just cranked truck. Took about 10-15 minutes to reach the cold mark on the gauge. Heater blowing warm at that point. Rev engine a little bit and blowing hotter air, and temp hand rises a little, still not to normal level.

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Is the truck new to you?

Put some cardboard over the radiator. These trucks run cool.
I am 2nd owner. Have about 100k of my own miles on it.
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"warm before driving"...and temp hand at or below the cold mark. And hotter while driving and temp hand raises to normal reading. 61F here now. Just cranked truck. Took about 10-15 minutes to reach the cold mark on the gauge. Heater blowing warm at that point. Rev engine a little bit and blowing hotter air, and temp hand rises a little, still not to normal level.

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I am 2nd owner. Have about 100k of my own miles on it.
You might have an air bubble... maybe a bad cap. Frozen fan?
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