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Old 02-21-2014, 11:27 PM   #1
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195, 180 or 160 thermostat for mustang 88

i do not have a thermostat for my mustang 88 right now and the gauge never goes up more than 1/4 and everybody is telling me to put one in... i live in a city where temps are always 90F to 100F almost everyday in summer....
and also i have my fans hooked up so when my car cranks up the fans will turn on....
is this a great idea or should i hook up the fans to turn on when the car gets hot? and do i really need a thermostat?
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If you're going to use a thermostat use the 180 degree.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:40 PM   #3
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Yes you need a thermostat, an engine needs to keep the oil at a certain temperature. If the oil is not hot enough, it will not be at the right viscosity; as a result, it will cause premature wear throughout the engine. In addition, if the engine is not hot enough the computer will stay in open loop mode and reduce your power and mpg. I would use nothing less than 180, I believe 195 is stock.
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195 is stock, 180 is what I always had the best results with, 160 will not let your car get up to the correct operating temperature as will not having one in at all like you are doing now. This can cause damage to the engine and I would HIGHLY suggest you put one in ASAP. Installing one takes all of like 15 minutes and they are $3. No idea why you would not run one.
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