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02' WS6 Temp too high for my comfort

This is a discussion on 02' WS6 Temp too high for my comfort within the External Engine forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Originally Posted by RONS98TA Did you ever take the air filter housing off and clean out the area in between ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RONS98TA View Post
    Did you ever take the air filter housing off and clean out the area in between the radiator and a/c condenser? Just curious. Good to hear everything is back to normal.
    No I didn't! I was waiting for the weekend, but by the time the weekend came it stopped doing it. Soooo I kept an eye on it for a week, and it.. just stopped.

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    I guess you really dont have to take all that off then, just as a preventative maintenance thing, I would. It really isn't that hard to pull that off and clean it up in there. Prob only take an hr tops if you take your time and go slow. It def wont hurt to do this. If I were you, I would just wait for the temps to get up in the 70's, then have at it. Here in good ol' Maryland, it's 11' today!!! YUK.

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    1) The heater core is definitely bad. That is probably the source of the coolant smell in the engine bay as well.

    2) Are these temp readings with a scan tool or using the gauge on the dash? Hard to tell from his thread.

    3) A 17 year old could probably use a new radiator too. Even if the radiator isn't leaking, radiators wear out just like bearings and lose their ability to transfer heat.

    4) A quick test would be to jumper to ground the PCM pins for both the low and high speed and see how the temps behave with the fans on high all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theorangeguy View Post
    Are the radiator fins full of junk? Bugs, grass, dirt, rocks, etc?
    Bringing back from the dead - I had my Master Slave go out and took it to a shop. Told him about the heating issue. He pulled off the intake and got all crazy with air, and cleaned the living crap out of the radiator. Every bit of it. He showed me a dust pan FULL of random stuff that was caked in there. I then drove the car in stop and go traffic in 110 degree weather and the temp was perfect. Visually it didn't look bad, but once he got in there with the compressed air everything came spilling out.

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    It's nice to get to the bottom of things. For me, it's almost like getting a new car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naaman View Post
    It's nice to get to the bottom of things. For me, it's almost like getting a new car.
    Exactly!! The stress that is no longer there is fantastic. The temp wasn't pegged, but just high enough to make me always a little on edge.

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    Great to hear it was a simple and fairly cheap fix. Kinda what i was saying about cleaning the radiator with a garden hose and or an air hose.
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