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Question Where does the temp gauge on your car normally sit?

Mine usually sits around the M and A on the NORMAL when im cruising at about 70 no matter what the temp outside is. This just seems a little hot to me and I was wondering where all of yall's sits at. BTW I have a 96 GT thats stock except for a magnaflow catback.

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Mine runs exactly in the middle, verticle. 2000 GT. You might consider a new thermostat.


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How often does your needle go up and down? Mine moves an awefull lot which seems pretty abnormal.
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Almost never moves once it's warm. Check your lower hose for a collapsing condition, it shouldn't collapse when you rev the engine. Have you changed your thermostat?

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Re: Temp Gauge

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Mine runs exactly in the middle, verticle. 2000 GT. You might consider a new thermostat.
Keep in mind that the "gauges" in the 99+ GTs are faux, to put it politely. The oil pressure "gauge" is connected to an on/off switch (just like an idiot light) and the water temp "gauge" is HEAVILY damped. I'm not sure whether the water temp gauge is center-biased (reads near the center of the scale over a wide range of temperatures) or not, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was.

I'm pretty sure that all of the pre-99 water temp gauges were "real" gauges. If they are anything like the gauges in my '89, they may not be particularly accurate, but at least they are not displaying data that has been electronically massaged to give you a warm fuzzy feeling (no matter wat is really going on under the hood).

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While on the highway, the guage will sit on or about O-R in N-O-R-M-A-L. Sitting in traffic it will climb to M-A. I used an OTC scan tool when it was reading M-A and it said it was about 202-205 degrees F. At O-R is read about 183-186 degrees F. Nothing to get alarmed over. I do not have the "96 Cobra Cooling Fix."

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No I've never changed the thermostat in it. Mine moves a lot even after its warm. My dad said all fords are like that but I have a hard time believing it. Thanks for the help.
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