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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 07:00 AM Thread Starter
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What's the temp? Guage

I noticed there is no coolant temp guage. I guess that's fine because it's only worth looking at if there is a problem. Anyhow, I know it does provide information on the temp in degrees.

I'm so used to the temp guage that I don't know what the degrees mean? My operating temp is at 198 degrees. Can someone educate me on the normal ranges?

Aside from that, it's hard to tell when I'll have heat in the Cobalt because I have not guage. I just use landmarks - when I reach the second stop light from home, I have heat.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2008, 07:04 AM
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ummm... what you're looking at IS the guage... it's on the information center. i don't get what you're looking for besides that.

as far as normal temp, anything under 230 is considered normal. temps may go up in traffic, also normal.
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The DIC (thing that displays mileage and etc) has a temp setting.... it's what I keep mine on all the time.
"Normal" range is between 180 and 230... if you get above that there's a problem. Just FYI... if you want the temp to go down... kick on the A/C for a min and watch the display.
 
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My normal temp range is about 187 to 195, You just t\press the button marked with an " i " until it says coolant, the temp is displayed in Farenheit I wish the cobalt had an oil pressure gauge, like my first car. Now that was helpful.
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Yup, the DIC Coolant Temp display is the coolant temp gauge, its just digital

Normal cruising temp is 190-200, if its wicked cold out you may see 180-190. Hot weather you'll see up to 210 cruising around, sitting in traffic youll see it cycle from about 200-220. Up to 230 isnt an issue, but you dont wanna see 230 alot.

Youll have heat you can feel anytime the coolant temp is about 50degrees more than the ambient temp(temp shown with your odometer.)

it was about 28 degrees or so on the way to work this morning, coolant temp was over 80*F by the time I made it to the stop sign in my complex and i could feel warm air.

Your tire pressures should read 30psi for all 4 tires when you get in the car first thing in the morning. they will rise as you drive the fronts first followed by the rears, it isnt uncommon to see each tire have a diff pressure(LF35, RF34, LR33, RR32) they heat up differently because they have different loads on them. if youre car is evenly loaded, once your cruising down the road and warmed up expect to see about 34-37psi depending on weather, speed, etc, but once on the highway they will all usually even out. I usually see 1psi higher in the front after they all get warmed up, LF is the first to warm up and RR is the last(when driving alone)

Your fuel range updates all the time, so dont get excited when one minute it shows more or less mileage than it did before. Your instant fuel mileage updates, well...instantly so its not uncommon to see this number fluctuate wildly as you drive, and change gas pedal position. Expect to see numbers between 3-99 for instant fuel economy.
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In my LS is was 189 to 190 pretty much all the time besides when I stopped at a light for a few or something. Now w/ the SS it stays around 180, not sure if one being a 2.0 or 2.2 makes a difference or not, but rather be low than high so its fine w/ me. Anytime the temp goes up about 8 to 10 degrees I flip the a/c on(cold out or not) to drop it back down until I am moving again. I think it stupid GM does not put in something to make it do that on its own besides after it goes to 230, cavalier(when I last had one) was basically overheating one day(I did not notice until I had parked) and than the stupid fan kicked on, pretty dumb in my opinion, none of my other cars let themselves get hotter and hotter.

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well, anything below 230 is considered normal range that's why the fans don't kick on. you can change the temps that the fans come on though.

also, you're right the 2.0 runs about 10 degrees cooler. my 2.0 is right around 178-180 normally, when I had my 2.2 it was about 190.
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In my LS is was 189 to 190 pretty much all the time besides when I stopped at a light for a few or something. Now w/ the SS it stays around 180, not sure if one being a 2.0 or 2.2 makes a difference or not, but rather be low than high so its fine w/ me. Anytime the temp goes up about 8 to 10 degrees I flip the a/c on(cold out or not) to drop it back down until I am moving again. I think it stupid GM does not put in something to make it do that on its own besides after it goes to 230, cavalier(when I last had one) was basically overheating one day(I did not notice until I had parked) and than the stupid fan kicked on, pretty dumb in my opinion, none of my other cars let themselves get hotter and hotter.
If you ar seeing 230 before your fans kick on get to a dealer because youve got a problem, I can leave my car idling in the shop for HOURS and the coolant will never hit 230.

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Well I do not know about the balts, I just noticed one day in my LS that it got to like 210. But I just think its dumb to let it get passed that point and not have something, ie the fan, kick on. I know its considered normal but its still high imo. I was mainly talking about my eco cavalier I had, I was looking for a parking spot and found one after a few mins and noticed my temp gauge up at like the 230 mark, freaked me out and the fan was still not coming on. I shut it down and than it came on.

Good know it can be changed on the balt I guess, may check into that although now I tend to always be checking the reading and its never gotten high because I just flip the a/c switch so I guess it does not matter.

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