Originally Posted by kid_kash_00
I have the coolest one you can get and my car does fine with it but I also put a aftermarket fan controller on my 94 no exhaust smells lol
You may think your engine is doing fine, but if the oil temperature is not getting up to a minimum of 180° you are causing premature wear to the engine internals.
Originally Posted by Mike90
I have a 95' with the stock radiator and fan.
When I bought it I had about a 450 mile ride
home. The car ran at 210* for awhile then it
moved up to around 230* wich I didn't like.
I did purchase a new radiator wich I haven't
put in yet, But I did swap it out to a 160*
Tstat and now it runs right at 195* and when
I run the A/C it will go up to 210* +.
When I install the new Radiator a 195* stat will
replace the 160* bandaide that is in there now.
I would Flush and clean the cooling system. This includes
Hoseing out the radiator fins and A/C condensor to get out
any road grime and bugs. Straighten any bent fins with something
soft that won't puncture the radiator. I use the end of Ziptie.
In your case, you are correct. The 160° thermostat supplied a "bandaide fix" to a compromised cooling system. The new radiator will definitely help and just so you know, they make inexpensive plastic "Fin Combs
" to straighten out bent cooling fins on all types of radiators, condensers and heat exchangers.