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Postby jifop » 20 May 2005, 07:41

hello guys, until recently i have always had an electric fan in my chevette and i had the beige one was so long ago i cant remember what it was like but basically when driving normally it sits at about halfway but when in heavy traffic it goes up to about 2mm off the red, is this normal?
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Postby Neilyman » 20 May 2005, 09:14

I`d say so, mine does about the same. Might be worth checking the timing though, if that`s out a tad it can affect the cooling by running hot, yet still appear to drive ok.
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Postby Doive » 23 May 2005, 02:24

Changed my 'stat recently for a 4 degree warmer one, gauge used to always sit on the edge of the cold. Now it rises to the first white notch after about two minutes of driving and stays there, even when sitting in heavy traffic. I'd say if yours is sitting on or very near the red, check your fan coupling is actually coupling and not just spinning uselessly. Also replace your stat if in doubt, they can get lazy and stick slightly open and let your car run hot, or stick fully open and let it run very cold (like mine).
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Postby jifop » 23 May 2005, 07:01

Doive wrote:Changed my 'stat recently for a 4 degree warmer one, gauge used to always sit on the edge of the cold. Now it rises to the first white notch after about two minutes of driving and stays there, even when sitting in heavy traffic. I'd say if yours is sitting on or very near the red, check your fan coupling is actually coupling and not just spinning uselessly. Also replace your stat if in doubt, they can get lazy and stick slightly open and let your car run hot, or stick fully open and let it run very cold (like mine).


the fan is good and it has a new stat already!
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Postby Neilyman » 23 May 2005, 09:34

So have you checked the timing? Only needs to be a tad out.
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Postby jifop » 23 May 2005, 13:44

not yet, havent driven it for a few days as we lift share to work! and i dont have a timing light so i'll use the one at work when i come in next.
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Postby iety2004 » 24 May 2005, 00:48

Think the timing was out on mine or the mixture too weak at the carb, always in the red, but the fuel gauge i found to work alright
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Postby Doive » 24 May 2005, 01:27

Always in the red?? Cue why your big end finally let go then.
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Postby Mantadoc » 19 Nov 2006, 19:03

Do you guys notsuffer fromthe dreadedvoltage regulator problem found in Mantas? Quite often fuel reads empty and tempreads hot.
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Postby UpNorth » 19 Nov 2006, 19:53

Sometimes the temperature sender goes haywire. Also a new one is no guarantee of it being okay - the best check is in a pan of water getting heated next to a thermometer to check its operation.

However I suspect that the gauges are crap. The Kadett used to go to the red within 1/2 mile & then stay there - before it packed up. The Henna Red saloon (R.I.P. :cry: ) usually read very low & the current Chavalier reads from 3/4 up to the red but is clearly no where near boiling.
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 19 Nov 2006, 23:05

Mantadoc wrote:Do you guys notsuffer fromthe dreadedvoltage regulator problem found in Mantas? Quite often fuel reads empty and tempreads hot.

yeah they're a problem (probably the same part) too. my fuel gauge is ok but my temperature one doesn't work and it's not the sender.
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Postby Chevette Girl » 30 Nov 2006, 03:48

Wow, you guys get a gauge? The North American ones just have a "TEMP" light that comes on when it's getting too hot...
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Postby Herbie_Flowers » 30 Nov 2006, 20:03

yea but by then it'll be too late :(
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Postby CancerWagon » 01 Dec 2006, 05:53

Temp (dummy) light sensor is in the block halfway up the cylanders in the very front, and ticks on at about 115 centigrade.

I've never trusted them, the steam blowing from under the bonnet usually is more imformative. :evil: Luckilly the 1600cc NA engine is rather robust.
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Postby Chevette Girl » 16 Dec 2006, 22:43

I dunno, never had steam from under the hood, but then, the one time I played with the temp gauge (was missing rather a lot of fins on the radiator but it wasn't leaking so I was procrastinating) and I discovered on 6-hour trip down the 401 that if I did a certain speed, the temp light would come on (it slowly fades in) but if I dropped my speed by 5 km/h, it went off in less than a minute. Another learning experience, like how much oil I have left when the oil light comes on (just the tip of the dipstick, constant to 2 different Chevettes)
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