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Bob W
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12/07/2002
20:00:22

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The Check Engine light came on this morning, I think itís the 180 degree thermostat its been pretty cold here, it was about 48 this morning (HeHeHe, I love California)

Gibson headers, Gibson Cat-back, Edelbrock IAS shocks, K & N drop in, 180 stat, Jet stage II chip, ARE Lid

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12/10/2002
08:44:23

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Bob, Although the code is related to engine temp, I have to believe your 180 degree t-stat is bad and stuck open. I live in Delaware and it was 19 degrees this morning on my ride into work. I have the 180 degree t-stat in my truck, and it came up to its (now) operating temp, no codes, and plenty of heat. I'd suggest you change the t-stat, but stay with the 180 degree one.


Just my 2 cents worth,

Ray Irons
Dover, DE



Bob W
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12/10/2002
20:09:33

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Hey thanks, you might be right I'll check it out, I was going to take the fan back off and see if it made a diff. Do you know how to get the light to go off.


Gibson headers, Gibson Cat-back, Edelbrock IAS shocks, K & N drop in, 180 stat, Jet stage II chip, ARE Lid

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12/11/2002
06:12:42

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I asked the folks at AutoZone and they told me to disconnect the negative battery cable for about 15 minutes and it turns out the light. I also have read that you can disconnect the negative battery cable and turning the key to run or start for 15-20 seconds will do the same thing. I did the 15 min thing when my check engine light came on for a different problem and it worked for me.


HTH,

Ray Irons
Dover, DE



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