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Yep, typically 180-190...more or less. 

Can run up to around 210-220 on a long hard pull uphill, especially in the summer.

Also, it's normal to see the temp rise a bit with a TAILWIND. There is almost no 'ram air effect' when you have a good tailwind, so the coolant temp will rise and you might even hear the engine fan cycle on and run for a little while, then cycle off, intermittently.

Normal cooling system behavior, nothing to worry about. 

If you ever get red warning lights (high engine temp) and possibly a warning beeper, then its time to slow down and pull over.

 

 

 

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24 minutes ago, travelinbob said:

I was always under the understanding 100 degrees plus the outside ambient air temp.

 

The cooling system thermostat doesn't know or care what the outside ambient temp is. It's a closed loop system.

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2 hours ago, travelinbob said:

I was always under the understanding 100 degrees plus the outside ambient air temp.

 

This is a valid rule of thumb for systems such as hydraulics etc. Especially mobile hydraulic systems where you  may have a small cooler or even one with a fan, but you can not thermostatically control the flow of the fluid for cooling. Always a good rule of thumb to have in your knowledge base.👍

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