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Old 11-14-2013, 07:49 AM   #1
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Bounder dash heat cool as water temp

On our return trip from Orlando to charlotte yesterday, the colder the outside temp got, the cooler the water temp got, and unfortunately, the cooler the dash heat became. This pic is from last night. Dash heat was Luke warm. Had to stop and put jackets on.
Prior to leaving charlotte last week, checked all fluids.
The wife even commented on the trip down how quite it was inside.. Told her the big noisy engine fan has not come on. No a/c running. Water temp around no higher than 1/4. Once we got to Daytona did the water temp rise enough for the fan to kick in.
Leaving Orlando in the am, it was cool so turned on the heat and it worked great. But as I said, the cooler the outside temp the cooler the heat.
Any ideas???
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:54 AM   #2
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Thermostat is more than likely staying open thus always cooling the coolant lowering the coolant temp. It might of started to close and open again as I read your post, but you might need to replace it if you continue to have trouble.
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QUOTE=palehorse89;1805894]Thermostat is more than likely staying open thus always cooling the coolant lowering the coolant temp. It might of started to close and open again as I read your post, but you might need to replace it if you continue to have trouble.[/QUOTE]

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Old 11-14-2013, 05:11 PM   #4
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Yeah...looking at your gauge and your symptoms I'd say your thermostat is wide open...BTW-what's in your wallet? (on the dash)
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You probably should get it fixed, I bet your mileage was influenced by such a cold engine.
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Yeah...looking at your gauge and your symptoms I'd say your thermostat is wide open...BTW-what's in your wallet? (on the dash)
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Wow you guys are smart!! That is my wallet but it is empty. Disney took all of my money!!
I checked my mileage 4 times. Best was 8.6 with no ac, sunshine, temp gauge hovering around 1/4. Worst was 5.2 on the cold night run back home with temp gauge as seem above.
I seem to remember from my earlier days that you could get different thermostats that would open up at different temps. Still the case?
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Yes you can get different thermostat heat ranges. Most common are 180-195 F
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Fords are known for broken t-stats
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I've read numerous posts to NOT go the 195 route...stress on hoses and such I think it was. My 454 7.4L has a 180...no problems...10.3mpg towing 1500lbs of trailer & mtcyl thru CO, WY....
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Thanks for the help. Going to advance auto parts tomorrow for a 180 degree thermostat. I may even spring for the "super premium" one......$7.99 vs 3.99
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:46 PM   #12
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I got heat!!!
Thanks all for the help.
Fyi, New sway bar bushings for front and rear arrive today.
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check your mileage on your next trip. I bet it gets better as the mixture won't be as rich with the t stat operating properly.
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It'll get the opportunity to check on trip to myrtle beach to see Christmas show. Also hope to have a tow dolly by then.
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