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Old 08-07-2016, 03:24 PM   #1
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Elandan 1990 running very hot over 250F

Hu guys, im a new owner of an elandan 1990. Im driving it and the temperature gauge is way beyond 250 F. Is this normal or will it need radiator work? Can anyone tell me what the normal operating temperature range is?


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Old 08-07-2016, 07:03 PM   #2
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Is it really running hot or is the gage faulty? First question that needs to be answered.

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Old 08-07-2016, 09:40 PM   #3
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I actually drove it home today. 45 miles. I did stop once to let it cool down to about 180. Added coolant, then got back on the road.

The gauge needle stabilized at around 280. Im estimating of course because the gauge tops out at 250.

It made the trip ok. I did notice though, that when i accelerated, it seemed to cool down. Im assuming the air cooled the engine.

How would I test for a faulty gauge?
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Old 08-08-2016, 04:57 AM   #4
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I would suspect a bad gauge. If you drove 45 min. At 280 degrees the engine would be toast.
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Old 08-08-2016, 06:04 AM   #5
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Is your Elanden on a GM P-30 chassis?. If so, the temperature gauge is likely faulty. I have found this to be the case on two P-chassis motorhomes with the factory dashboard. Even though the gauges seem to operate correctly, the temperature displayed was 20-25 degrees lower than from either an aftermarket gauge or a Scan Gauge.

One gauge began showing the extreme temperature similar to what you see, but with no other symptoms. When it began flickering between 250 and 0 degrees, I replaced it with the aftermarket gauge. Your 1990 chassis doesn't have an OBD2 connector, and won't operate a Scan Gauge, so I suggest installing an aftermarket gauge and sending unit. Around $50 at any auto parts store.

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Is it really running hot or is the gage faulty? First question that needs to be answered.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:01 AM   #6
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Also get an ir thermometer as it will tell you quickly real temperature of things...not exact but close enough.
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Old 08-08-2016, 08:20 AM   #7
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Just dealt with the same problem. should run on a 100+ degree day, up a hill, 210 to 220 tops while towing a toad. My total weight is 15klbs.

first replace your thermostat with a 180 degree unit. They start opening at 180 and fully open at 195 degrees. 2nd, replace your fan clutch. I went through 3 brand new ones from napa and autozone before getting one that worked correctly. There is one manufacture out there that is having problems. You should hear it roaring when the temp goes over 200 degrees. If not then it is faulty. Your electric fan will not cool your engine properly, it is only for the dash AC.

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