Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby Mr_Bowtie [OP] » May 16th 2009, 3:09pm

#1 Question:
How hot does your Van get on the temp gauge? Mine only goes up to the 1/4 mark. I would think it would be more towards the middle of the gauge, but want to see what you guys think?
I do have an external tranny cooler...maybe thats helping out?
Its fine for now, but just want to be ready come fall if it possibly needs a new thermostat.... :mrgreen:

#2 Question:
My ignition switch won't turn towards me, so I can't listen to music while parked. Do I just need a new ignition switch? If so will a standard chrome one out of a '89 Camaro work(gotta it left over... :lol: ) ?

Thanks, Nick.
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby 'cudapaul » May 16th 2009, 5:09pm

Sounds about right for the temp gauage, they are NOT accurate at all. However, it is common for the thermostat to fail open and then the coolant temp never gets correct, which woudl give a lower temp reading like yours. If you have plenty of heat after teh engine has fully warmed up, and can feel warm air from the heater vents within a few minutes of starting up in normal weather then the thermostat is probably OK.

I don't think the Camaro ignition switch will work. The M/L van has the actual switch mounted on top of the steering column under the dash and when you rotate the lock cylinder with a key it actuates a gear that pushes the ignition switch up or down.
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby Mr_Bowtie [OP] » May 18th 2009, 2:45am

The heat seems fine, but its only 50 degrees out....... :lol:

So, you think its the box "thingy" that the ingnition rod goes into? That sucks cause I just had a junk S10 steering column I swap out of a old truck I had and I threw that "thingy" out with it! :banghead:
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby gtkane » May 18th 2009, 4:42am

The Camaro switch is the same...but that's not your problem.

At some point in time, the coloumn was apart, and the ignition rack was assembled one tooth out.
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby Mr_Bowtie [OP] » May 19th 2009, 2:10am

Ahhhhhh..........I will have to fix that. Gotta have my tunes while waiting for the kids to get out of school! :mrgreen:
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby Mr_Bowtie [OP] » May 29th 2009, 6:33am

Well instead of messing with the steering column.....I just wired my CD player hot all the time. Now I can listen to the tunes without my keys. :lol:
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby adibv5 » June 21st 2009, 1:41am

anyone think that i can couse serious damage if keep running at 230-240degrees? when i have ac on the temp hits 230 no ac is around 190/
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby Mr_Bowtie [OP] » June 21st 2009, 2:11am

I would say she is running pretty hot. Is it running that hot on the highway? What temp thermostat are you running? 190*?
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby adibv5 » June 21st 2009, 3:22am

its 180. and i have an extra trans cooler ,
problems i know is that the catalytic converter code comes up i get around 11miles per gallon its a awd and construction van i carry full load.

the temps are on idle when i start driving its around 210. with no ac on is much cooler.. also ambient is around 80 90.
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Re: Temp gauge & ignition switch?

Postby Matrixx » June 22nd 2009, 7:13am

If that is a correct reading from the temperature sending unit, then it's "way" to hot. Check the thermostat for faults, then check the radiator to make sure it isn't plugged up.:)
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