What is avg water temp and at what temp should fan turn on??

Asked by Mar 05, 2007 at 06:58 PM about the 1995 Chevrolet Corvette

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just bought car - drove to FL via I-95, water temp avg'd. about 201-203, when in stop/start traffic, temp was about 207-208.  Fan did not turn on.  Took to mechanic - he put in new sensors - mech said fan would not turn on until 228 deg. Is this normal??  Is engine running hot or no??  (Have new thermostat, too.)  THX!!

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Sounds a little high for the fan to turn on at 228 degrees. Newer vehicles typically have two fans or two fan speeds, a high and a low. Low typically turns on around 212, and high towards 220-230. If you are not overheating I wouldn't worry too much about it, the fan is turning on, so you don't have a problem yet. Suggest having the cooling system flushed as a matter of maintenance, if the coolant is impure it may not be cooling like it should.

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Does your car have a thermostat? Check the car manual to see where the car should run. I think all cars are set to run at between 160 to 180. 160 is on the low end, and the gasoline may not get a complete burn, losing power and gas mileage. Check with a good Corvette mechanic or chevy garage.

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