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Harper
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4/19/2003
02:25:06

Subject: 5.2 people: Normal temperature??
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Hey all that have 5.2's. After normal driving around town, what temperature does your gauge read. I had a 3.9 that always stayed near the 130 side. My 5.2 reads straight in the middle? IS this normal



dak
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4/19/2003
13:08:46

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no, its not normal for the gauge to be in the mid point. that is a little hot. i would check for a partially stuck thermostat or just go ahead and replace it, they are under $10.



BigDakota97
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4/19/2003
13:18:30

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Mine stays just to the left of the middle mark, bout 1/4 inch or so, i believe thats about 200 degrees or so, and i think it still has the stock therm. in it, and they're 195, so thats ok, i think urs is runnin slightly hot, go ahean and get a rob shaw gen 2 180 stat, i have one waitin on to be put in when i take it to have the radiator flushed. L8R!



Brian C
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4/20/2003
00:28:57

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How often do you flush your rad? I had a problem with the engine getting a bit hot..... dodge dealer said it was fine...... found out AFTER 36K miles that the lower part of my rad was blocked....... take your truck to someone that has one of the lazer temp gauges and see if the top of the rad is hotter than the bottem ....



Akoustix
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4/21/2003
20:47:08

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I live in louisiana, and mine always ran very hot. I just installed a new radiator from performanceradiator.com, a hypertech 180deg thermostat, and DEI radiator relief. CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES get the engine temp to break 180deg (well, except possibly in neutral at 5000RPM's). I am very pleased with the results.

99, 5.2, CC, auto, QuickD Cold Air



hammers
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5/11/2003
23:58:20

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My 5.2 runs like a champ around 200-210 degrees normally. I think you are fine with your reading.



ricky
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5/12/2003
20:33:29

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wow im seein all these termo's posts and im trippin out, i got a 5.2 with full headers and exhaust and ignition and mine runs at about 200 degrees...and i live in arizona with the ac on during the summer it runs about 205 to 210 depending on the temp out side.....mine runs great at these temps ....should i have it checked or should i leave it alone????? anyhow .........laterzzzzzzzzzz



hyp0cracy
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5/12/2003
20:36:59

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mine runs that hot too, about 200 to 210 but im going to be getting electric fan and ill see if that helps



Julio Cortes
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4/13/2020
19:08:41

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I just put a new radiator water pump head gaskets and
everything I have an electrical fan and I live in Florida I have a
5.2 Dakota it runs good in the middle of the left side of the
gauge when I’m driving around town hit gets to the middle is
that normal?



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