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my engine is much to cold - my temp. gauge never goes to the middle - it is more in a 45 degree position to the cold - also the heating blows only fairly warm. my only guess is a stuck open thermostat but I installed 3 month ago a new thermostat - it was always on the cold side, but now it's really cold. Should i take a thermostat that opens at higher temp. or is there anything else that could cause my problem??
Ford Escort '95 - i appriciate any help
 

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Mine used to do the same thing. It would take like 15-20 min for it to even start blowing out warm air and even though it never got to where it should be. If i were you i would try replacing the thermostat again just to make sure you didnt get a crappy one that already broke. Besides they are only like $3 and it fixed my car.
 

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depending on what climate you live in you may want to put a small piece of cardboard in front of the radiator while it is in the coldest months etc. just watch that you don't cut off to much air to the radiator.
 

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SyStEmDw said:
if you needle need to be in the middle, i think your engine is getting hot :p
mine always at 1/4
Mine is also at about 1/4 when engine is warmed up. And that's how it's been since the car was new (might be a bit hotter in the summer, but not much).
 

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engine too cold

the engine is running fine - it's just that the temp. gauge shows much too cold and there is no heat coming out of the blower. I blocked last time the radiator more than 70 % - that made the gauge come up a little bit and also the air was a little bit warmer (if you can call it warm). So, i was thinking the heater core might be clocked but why is then the gauge so low - so i guess it is a broken thermostat, right?? (it just confuses me 'cause i installed ony a few month ago a new one)
 

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My 92lx is the same way and my 86 was luke warm too. That's the way they were from new. I had a radiator shield for the 86 that went in front of the radiator under the hood, but in my 91 I have to warm it up for 20 minutes and still dress warm. My wifes mercedes blows hot air within one mile from dead cold. My old Saab was good and the heated seats were wonderful. The M-B has an auxillary electric water pump to direct hot water imediatly to the heater core for instant heat. It looks like a washer pump. I still like my escorts.
 

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My thermostat seems to be stuck mostly open as well. It takes too long (for my comfort) for her to warm up, but stays at the bottom end of the normal range most of the time. In the summer she'll reach halfway as I sit and idle, and the fan comes on eventually and then she cools back down, so I know that the system works fairly well. What do you expect after 190k miles though?
 
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