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Ok - I've been through the wringer on the cooling system - have replaced the thermostat, radiator cap and water pump, flushed the system, re-filled with coolant, gotten the air out of it, used the sealant - after the WP puked I became a bit anal retentive about the condition of the cooling system (I never paid any attention to it before I got the "coolant hot idle engine" message on the display) and I noticed for the past few days the temp will go up to 208 then down to 199 over and over again. If I were to graph the temp changes it'd be a really nice, constant wave.
I suspect that were I using an analog gauge rather than a digital one I'd not notice the change - it would just be a slight movement of the needle - but hey - I figured I'd ask - that's what the board is for - right?

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I suspect you are correct about the difference between anolog and digital. I wouldn't worry about it as long as it is in that (normal) range.
 

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Well thanks folks - guess I'll take my wifes advice and just switch to something interesting - like the oil life index - and watch that change - from now on!
I'll keep an occasional eye on it - given the cars age and all - but again - thanks for the information - nice to know when your vehicles behavior isn't - how should one say it - um - unique - yeah - that's the term!

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The small change in temp is probably from the cooling fans cycling on and off. I wouldn't worry about it unless it got to 230 or more.
 

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it's interesting (at least to me) - in the morning it'll heat up to 216 then plummet to 190 - then gradually come back up to around 200 - I attribute this to the thermostat waking up and the coolant starting to flow.
Sitting in traffic it'll get up to 216/217 but then cool right down when I start
moving.
I've replaced everything in the cooling system except the radiator, heater core and engine block ... yesterday morning a "T" fitting used for flushing the system decided to break so once again I got to replace the coolant.
With luck all will hold - at least until spring - it's starting to get a bit cold outside to be working on cars here in Pennsylvania .... (my garage is occupied - no room for the caddy - "project 550" on one side, "project sidevalve" on the other - workbench and other stuff in between).

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My '94 4.9 when cold will warm up to 230-235, then drop quick to 200-204. I also think it is the thermostat opening up.
 

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SteveThefolkie said:
it's interesting (at least to me) - in the morning it'll heat up to 216 then plummet to 190 - then gradually come back up to around 200 - I attribute this to the thermostat waking up and the coolant starting to flow.
Sitting in traffic it'll get up to 216/217 but then cool right down when I start
moving.

Steve
Mine does the same in the AM. I attribute it to the engine not being fully warmed up. After a run nad the mill is really warm, it seems to stabilize.
 
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