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WS6 Operating temp

This is a discussion on WS6 Operating temp within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I was sitting in traffic yesterday and noticed the temp gauge heading up to 210 and slightly beyond. The outside ...

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    WS6 Operating temp

    I was sitting in traffic yesterday and noticed the temp gauge heading up to 210 and slightly beyond. The outside temp was 85 and I had the top down. Started driving and it fell to about 200-205. What is a safe temp? Just checking on this in case I need to replace the drain the coolant (no telling how old it is) and the stat.

    In the classic car world of where I most of my experience, 210 is way too high. Not sure about these modern engines though.

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    Thats assuming your temp gauge is accurate...I know mine is usually off a little bit and so is my oil pressure. In a lot of cases when the engine is showing 210 I have seen it be higher than that with an accurate gauge...normal is anywhere in the neighborhood of 195-230ish. If I remember correctly the OEM low fan turn on temp is 226 and high fan is 235.

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    Aluminum engines can handle more heat than iron blocks because they dispurse the heat fasted and this helps save gaskets. You problem sounds like a clogged radiator, I do not mean inside but outside. Take your radiator out and hold it up to the sun or a strong light and it is most likely clogged. With any luck you can power wash it to remove the dirt from the cooling fins and reinstall it. I would put in a new 195 deg.thermostat and new dex coolant. Also, check your belts and hoses as well. You should be set for summer driving.
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