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Asked by Jan 11, 2016 at 05:33 PM about the 1990 Ford E-150 XL Econoline

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

What should temperature gauge show when
driving?

13 Answers

185° (is a bit cool)° - no more than 215° but if you don't have real numbers on your gauge, right in the middle or slightly on the cool side

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Had her overheat an blow hose off top of radiator. Thought thremostat was freeze. Which it was bad. New thremostat now but needle is show half , before that it was on the 1/4.

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Assuming your gauge is accurate, running at 1/4 of the way up is too cool. Right in the middle, 1/2 of the way up is good. If the t-stat gets stuck open, it can allow too much coolant through and does not stay in radiator long enough to cool, and hence overheat

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60,515

Most cars I have had run about 1/3 on the gauge. If it has actual degree markings it should run at the temp of the thermostat. 190 is good. Ford - How do you get the degree symbol?

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Will thats good to know,because up to now its always been at 1/4. When shows half. Just didn't know if it was trying to still overheat, or the water pump was going up.

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No degree, was just going by gauge needle. No numbers.

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60,515

If you had a 160 degree t-stat before and changed it out to a 190 degree t-stat it could explain your issue.

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Hold 'Alt' and on the keypad, it won't work on the top row and 0176 you will get °

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60,515

It seems that I cannot make it work at all, my computer can't make the degree symbol. Bummer.

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Hold 'Alt' and put 0176 and you will get ° It does not work using the top row of numbers, use the number keypad

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60,515

Alas but it is not meant to be. I get the degree symbol but in the search bar on my internet browser!

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Huh, That is odd... unless you are running a very old OS, like Windows Vista or if you are on a Mac. Then that would explain it

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60,515

Windows 8.1 maybe it is a Google thing.

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