Ways to run cooler?

Discussion in '96-04 - 2V Specific' started by MoonlightGT, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. MoonlightGT

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    OK, my 96 GT runs a little hot in the summers here. on the temperature gauge the needle sits around the "M" or "A" on the "NORMAL". How can i help cool it down a bit?? im running a 192 degree (stock) thermostat, should i change it to 180? also i run a 50/50 mix of coolant/water. should i change it to 30/70 coolant/water?, will this help? can i run straight water?? what about a manual cooling fan switch so i can run the fans more often? HELP
     
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    Flush and refill your coolant and add some Redline water wetter
    it will bring down temps.
    Also install a 180* thermostat too.
     
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    I installed a 180 deg thermostat and mine doesn't go over the R on the "NORMAL". I can't remember before that where it was but it seems to run a bit cooler.
     
  4. 95CALI-5.0

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    get a fluidyne radiator. I have one in mine and the temps stay cool even at 110 degrees outside.
     
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    I run a 180 thermo and my car hardly gets above the "O" in NORMAL.
     
  6. 1996mustangGT

    1996mustangGT Well-Known Member

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    +1
    and a thermo 180
     
  7. Z06KILLER

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    fluidyne raditor with you on that :thumb:
     
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    +2 on the fluidyne
     
  9. 19mustang95

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    i need to toss a 180 in mine
     
  10. MoonlightGT

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    is it bad to runa 180 degree thermo? some people have said so...
     
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    180 is ok, 160 is a big NO NO..
     
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    how about jog naked :naughty:
     
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    :lol:
     
  14. st4ng07

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    Yeah mine runs around the M or A in the summer if im not moving. What is the stock therm. 200?
     
  15. lmao...

    I was gonna say that too... looks like ya beat me to it
     
  16. DropTopPony

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    stock is 192,
    180 is good to get but you need to have a handheld tuner to set the fans to come on earlier.
    also the fluidyne radiator is a great investmest. Meziere water pump and the fan assembly from a 97 is better then the 96. and redline water wetter additive.
     
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    I have the same problem with my car. She runs cool when not in traffic... but as soon as she gets around other cars she gets hot again! (I of course have the 5.0L engine) Since my car has been in hibernation all winter, I haven't gotten to drive her much. Part of my "pre-hibernation" preparation was flushing the coolant system and adding water wetter to the coolant. Someone told me that my stock hood doesn't let enough air circulate in and out, and that getting an aftermarket hood (ram air, cowl induction) would help the airflow. I don't know how true that is... I had already planned on getting a new hood, so it really doesn't matter if that's true or not! For some reason I had never thought about a 180 thermostat... I might consider that before the heat of the summer kicks in!
     
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    well i have a 180 degree stat im my garage, i guess ill pop that in, as for the coolant mix, what ratio water/coolant should i run? i dont drive the car in the winter but its stored in my un-heated garage and i dont want it to freeze. I was thinking 70% water and 30% coolant with a bottle of water wetter??
     
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    will this be ok?
     
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    if your having overheating problems better flush the radiator and make sure the cooling fans are working...a 180* thermostat is also a good idea too though