You know, as a kid who bought a lot of cheap used cars and still
today I buy cheap old cars; I was told and believe that a car with a
temp gauge is more likely to be the better car.
If a car is running hotter than usual, it is likely to be bought in
With an idiot light, there is little warning before the engine just
I think a used car without a temp guage should be knocked down a few
hundred bucks for having "unknown wear".
What do you think about an uncalibrated temp gauge? The only ones
I recall seeing (mostly on Toyotas recently, but others in the
1970's) have at most 4 marks: two at the limits of the gauge, Cold
and Hot (call this 0% and 100%, although the needle does move a bit
farther than this), and two (inside the two above, maybe at 10% and
90%) that are presumably have some sort of resemblance to the
temperature range that might be called "normal". No degrees anything
is listed. Near the end of a "normal" drive, be it 10 miles or 50,
it usually reads about 40%.
Did they *ever* make a calibrated temp gauge for normal, consumer-type
cars (as opposed to trucks, tanks, buses, etc.)? How about on a
Ford Model T?
You are just one rude a-hole.
But for others:
If you drive a car every day you know where that temp gauge reading
is suppose to be. If it is elevated, then you know something is
amiss-- not enough to trigger the check engine, but enough. An engine
can run hotter (think work harder) if the tires are not properly
inflated, if the brakes do not fully release, if there is junk in
front of the radiator or hanging from the chassis, a fan belt may be
loose and ready to break, anyone of the fluids maybe low.
A cool engine is not good either. If there is no radiator fluid, the
guage will read cool until it is too late.
Next to the gas guage, the temp gauge could be the most important
I have bought few cars that didn't have a temp guage and if I had a
car without one, I'd buy one and put it on.
I remember reading somewhere that even cars with temperature gauges
are really "idiot gauages" that only show three positions: cold, warm,
and overheated. That seems to match my experience on my 01 Elantra. So
it's no big loss to move to an idiot light.
Yes. Its part of the, "dumbing down of America". With a guage, I have the
terrible responsibility of knowing that water boils at 212 degrees F, and
have to decide at what temperature I should pull over and stop my engine.
With an idiot light, that decision is made for me. When the light comes on,
its too hot. The next step, of course, is to have it turn off my ignition,
so the car stops automatically..... When the driving population becomes
stupid enough, that's the way the cars will be equipped....
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