| | Re: Normal operating temperature 1995 2.3 Ford Ranger?
My 93 OE thermostat was 192. I found a 195 on Rockauto.com and installed it. About a year ago my radiator cracked, installed a new one and the 195 thermostat. Since I've been driving almost 200 miles a day for the last month and a half I've noticed the truck will hardly get to proper operating temp, and the performance has suffered, so I run a piece of cardboard in front of the radiator and it does great. The 2.3 runs better over 200. I found a website showing how to take a stock 2.3 thermostat and a generic 205 and make a 205 to fit the 2.3.
93 XLT 2.3 5sp 2wd 7.5 open w/ 3.45's
273,000 miles, 23.5 mpg avg.