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:? How normal is it, if the temp outside is a bit below freezing, and I drive 50 mph (6 units on engine temp. indicator), and suddenly I have to brake for a traffic jam, that my engine temp monitoring scale drops from 6 units (at 50 mph speeds), to 4 units at 2 mph (engine practically at idle) with cabintemp sellected at 22 dgs celsius. Personal I think it is for this little engine to hard to stay warm, compared with other (gas-slurping) engines, or is the thermostat stays to open? I should say that a car engine at idle rpm's, can get more hot, due to the fact that there is no airflow arround the radiator/heatexchanger.
What is it, and what is the general engine temp behaviour under these circumstances ?

Still have to live with that painfull smile on my face 8) :D 8)

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I'll routeinly drop down a bar on engine temps at a long stoplight. The cure is to block part of your radiator... big trucks do it all the time :) Now to just find some nice canvas to use to block my radiator, because the cardboard is both cheesy and waterlogged...
 
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Hi Windmill:

___As Redgiki will attest, the cardboard trick really works at keeping the coolant temperature more stable. I have gone so far as to block the entire section off and never go under or over 6 bars. I also have lean burn in 20 degree type temps with the warm air intake mod which is something else you might consider.

___Redgiki, I just replaced the home made cut up cardboard and tape with an all cardboard solution with the appropriate cutouts. It looks nicer yet still works. I even made slight cuts for (3) sections of larger area openings in case I need to do an on the road cooling mod without a knife. It looks much nicer then before although cold temps are still holding my mileage back by at least 10 mpg.

___Good Luck

___Wayne R. Gerdes
___Hunt Club Farms Landscaping Ltd.
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Cardboard block...

I had to remove my first attempt at a cardboard block for a warranty visit this morning... kind of mangled it in the process. I don't know how much it actually helped my CVT's gas mileage, but being able to crank up the heater half a mile from home was nice :)
 

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"Now to just find some nice canvas to use to block my radiator..."

Try something called "coroplast" (not sure of the spelling). It's essentially plastic cardboard. Used a lot for outdoor signs: political campaign signs, the things real estate salespeople put up, things like that. Probably could find a chunk laying by the roadside somewhere...
 

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I relocated my licence plate so it almost entirely covers the center area of the lower air intake grill. Not only does it make the front end look like Bugs Bunny but it keeps my engine temp at a constant six bars on the meter. In this cold weather it sure makes a difference.
 

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Front end looks like Bugs Bunny..........GOOD humor :lol: :lol: :lol:
My smile :D is getting bigger and bigger, and there are still people thinking, what is that crazy man doing in a new model of Citroen??? 8)
How nice to see how people think!!!

Greetz Windmill
 
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