Kent McLean kentmclean at
Wed Dec 19 16:30:10 PST 2007

Nathan Winters wrote:
> I suspect that my thermostat may not be functioning properly and the car runs too cool in cold weather.  Is the Normal operating temperature shown on the gauge consistent from car to car?  If so, where should the needle be?  
> In low temperatures (10 to 20F) the needle is just barely above the larger close-together marks on the left.  If I sit in traffic in the cold after running for a while it will move up to just before the 12oclock position and the fan will kick on.
> Also,
> The oil temperature gauge, where is the normal operating temperature for this one?  Mine seems to register low all the time (can't recall the number but it is quite far to the left).

Good question. On my 100S (V6), the temp gauge takes about 15 miles of
driving in freezing (<32F) weather to get heat out of the heater.  I
think I have a stuck thermostat.  The needle struggles to reach the
first mark.

My 200TQA got to temp quicker, and heated OK, (I'll spare you the
"plenty of heat" jokes), but the needle would be barely past the first
big mark (which I'll define those two big marks as being the "normal"
operating temperature range (low end and high end).

I've never seen either gauge's needle in the middle (12 o'clock).

Kent McLean
'99 A4 Avant, 2.8L 30V, quattro, Tiptronic, "Yeah, baby!"
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody" becoming "Old Faithful"
'91 200 TQA #1, for sale
'91 200 TQA #2, up in flames
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke

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