[Vwdiesel] low temps

LBaird119 at aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Thu Dec 4 23:39:56 PST 2008

In a message dated 12/4/2008 6:05:49 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
brian at gochnauer.net writes:

> On slightly warmer days I've gotten it to almost mid gauge (normal).
> I'm put some cardboard in front of the radiator, but wonder if someone has
> already figured out just how much cover it needs and at what temps to do
> this.

  If you're having this happen on the highway then you need a 
new thermostat.  If you're just putting around town then you 
COULD need a thermostat but it's likely that you just aren't 
making enough heat to heat up the engine.  I've had just that 
happen.  I thought that my thermostat was stuck until I saw 
that the radiator was still encased in snow!
  You can cover about 95% with cardboard if it's cold and you're 
using your heater on full, or close, and watch your gauge.  If 
a cardboard helps much then you probably need a thermostat.
You shouldn't have much circulation going through the radiator 
if it's working properly.

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