What should the average coolant temperature be for my 2006 chevy cobalt?

Asked by Nov 03, 2014 at 12:14 PM about the 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt LT Coupe FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was about to move my car and as I
turned it on, the coolant was at
about 60C. It's usually about 180 to
183. Is that normal?

3 Answers


So is your question about a stuck gauge or about normal engine temp while running?

No the check engine lights on and the code reads operating temperature to low


Most thermostats are set at 197 degrees, you may have thermostat problem if the engine 180 to 183 degrees, if your gauge and sender are sending and reading correctly, if you have a scanner with live data you can actually see what the computer sees that engine temp is as it has its own sensor for engine coolant temperature, so if is also reading low then for sure you have a thermostat problem, if it reads 197 to roughly around 210, 220 just before the cooling fans turn on then you either have a sender or a gauge malfunction, try the sender first as it is cheaper than a gauge and much easier to replace. HTH

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