engine temperature for 1988 Corvette

Cheri DeMonico

Asked by Oct 29, 2015 at 04:09 PM about the 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Need to know what the normal ranges are for my engine temperature before it overheats and in the danger zone so that I can watch it.   When sitting at a stop sign or light I know it runs higher before the fan kicks on..  Can someone please tell me what the NORMAL ranges should be?   Is going up to 240 okay and if not do I need to change out my thermostat?   I changed it out 4 years ago..   Thanks.

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195-200 normal operating temp. start hitting 210 and over shut her down...

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Cheri DeMonico

I got new radiator 5 years ago........ any suggestions on why it's running 220 while sitting idling? Just got a major tune-up and everything....... Thanks.

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Hi Cheri, usually when you heat up at idle or slow speeds it's going to be an airflow problem. Check the fan clutch for proper operation. Check the radiator and A/C condenser (in front of the radiator) for blockage. True story, my Nephew is a mechanic and last fall he had a car come in for an overheating problem. He inspected the front of the radiator and found a dead cat in front of the radiator! It was blocking the airflow through the radiator. Hopefully there's no dead critters there. But, unfortunately, it can happen! HTH. -Jim

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