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This is a discussion on Temp Gauge question within the Automatic Transmission forums, part of the Drivetrain category; Before my Cam/Stall install my car ran normally around 200ish, after the upgrades it ran at a consistent 210. Well ...

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    Temp Gauge question

    Before my Cam/Stall install my car ran normally around 200ish, after the upgrades it ran at a consistent 210. Well last wednsday the xmsn shit out on me and I lost 3rd and she spiked in temp for a few seconds but came back down. I found a deal locally on a built xmsn so I swapped that one in and now the temp seems to be back at 210. I moved the extra xmsn cooler from where it was resting against the stock cooler and the temps came down to what I would guess to be 205 but still hanging around 210ish. My question is about the accuracy of the stock gauge, are the temps not accurate since the sensor isn't mounted in the pan? If so, how far off are they from what the actual temps are in the pan?

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    Stock temp gauge on anything other than a '98 is a POS. Our gauge reads 205 degrees all the time when the actual temp is running between 183 and 196 degrees. Get a scanner on your car and check the temp with that.

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    I was thinking/hoping this was the case. Just need to hook up a scanner I guess. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcas47 View Post
    I was thinking/hoping this was the case. Just need to hook up a scanner I guess. Thanks

    Another option is to use a laser temp gun on the thermostat housing or the area next to the temp sender.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcas47 View Post
    Before my Cam/Stall install my car ran normally around 200ish, after the upgrades it ran at a consistent 210. Well last wednsday the xmsn shit out on me and I lost 3rd and she spiked in temp for a few seconds but came back down. I found a deal locally on a built xmsn so I swapped that one in and now the temp seems to be back at 210. I moved the extra xmsn cooler from where it was resting against the stock cooler and the temps came down to what I would guess to be 205 but still hanging around 210ish. My question is about the accuracy of the stock gauge, are the temps not accurate since the sensor isn't mounted in the pan? If so, how far off are they from what the actual temps are in the pan?
    like your pic next to that CH-47 Chinook. Yeah im fixing to buy me a laser temp gun.

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