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Username Post: Engine Temperature
wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
06-06-21 06:34 AM - Post#2821206    
    In response to japete92

Putting a lower temp thermostat will not make the car run cooler. Your cooling system is capable of running a certain temperature for the way it is set up. A lower temp thermostat will only get the coolant flowing sooner. If your system is only capable of cooling the car to say 200 degrees, that is what it will run at.
Heating up while driving is not enough radiator, heating up while sitting still is not enough air flow over the radiator. As long as the components are good, radiator not clogged, water pump functioning properly, etc. A shroud will help pull more air through the radiator at idle. A high flow water pump may help, but I would do the shroud first. Your timing can affect temps as well as having a lean fuel mixture. If the temp tops out at 210, that is okay. You even have a fair amount to go before boil over. If it keeps climbing til boil over you need to do something about it.
Jay
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