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Old 08-13-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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under hood seems really hot

I have noticed the past week that the hood and front of my jeep are extremely hot after my 20 min commute to work. My thermostate shows the normal 210, has never read higher even at idle in traffic. Is this a normal thing, i guess i never really paid any attention to how hot the hood gets, but it is a bit concerning.

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Old 08-13-2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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Yep they get way sometimes. It's supposed to run that temp they say. I didn't care for it so I put a 180 degree thermostat in mine and it's quite a bit cooler. But then alot of people say it's bad to run cooler or that it's impossible and such.... But I have had zero issues with mine running around 195 all the time.

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Old 08-13-2010, 02:37 PM   #3
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maybe add electric radiator cooling fans could help ...
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:43 PM   #4
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What you're noticing under the hood is perfectly normal, don't worry about it so long as your temp gauge is showing the 210 degrees the engine was designed to run at. Resist the temptation to install a lower temperature thermostat like a 165 or 180 degree model. The engine and computer is happiest with the 195 degree thermostat the engineers designed it to run with. In hot conditions, the engine won't run any cooler with a 165 or 180 degree thermostat anyway, thermostats are only there to help the engine warm up faster and set its minimum operating temperature on cold days.
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relief

Thanks guys I was hoping it wasnt anything serious or something that would ruin the engine. I think I will stick with the stock t-stat since that is what the engine came with and what the engineers specified for the engine.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:59 PM   #6
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Just think for yourself and come up with your own conclusions is all I am gonna say.....
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I will, thanks for the replys I can always count on the forum members to answer my questions, I appreciate them all.

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