Coolant Gauge Readiness ETA


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Sep 22, 2023
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96 4.6 LX, 98 LSC
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In this weather, say about 50F - about how long does it take for your gauge to reach around normal? Trying to track differences between the lx and lsc
It's about 5-10 minutes for my 4.6 on a day like that. I have warm air coming from the vents within 2-3 blocks from the house and the gauge is usually in the NORM range by the time I reach the highway. We live in our city's downtown so I barely hit 35mph between the house and the highway.

This is assuming I don't let it idle to warm up before leaving.
It depends a lot of ambient temp and driving style.

If you're driving in a suburban area without a lot of stop-and go, with relatively low speeds, it will take longer to warm up than if you have higher-speed, or a lot of stop-and-go traffic. Also, under about 50 degrees, the TC stays unlocked until the TOT warms up above 80 or so, which also speeds up how quickly the engine warms up. (Sorry, I don't have the exact temps; my tuning PC is stowed for now)

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