That's too low isn't it? Ambient temp that day was mid-50s or so.
11-14-2013 02:41 PM
Could be a bad sending unit too.
11-14-2013 03:37 PM
Almost looks like you have a 180 stat in there.
11-14-2013 04:27 PM
Could be a thermo. Pull it out, put it in some boiling water and check to see if its opening up or not. Get a 195* one if you decide to replace it
11-14-2013 05:46 PM
the old boil test is ok but if you went through the trouble of taking it out just replace it since its a whole 7 bucks.mine drives at that temp all the time too so your not alone
11-14-2013 05:51 PM
Looks like it's stuck open. That happened to me when I was using a POS Failsafe. I replaced it with a stock Mopar T stat. The difference in quality when the two are side by side is obvious.
11-14-2013 07:04 PM
Yeah, I think that's the weekend project. Just replacing it. I'm going to the dealer to get an OEM one, too many bad units from the FLAPs
11-14-2013 07:44 PM
mine isn't wanting to get above ~130º, gonna replace mine tomorrow morning.. Not sure if you have a 180º therm, yours is shot or if it's something else. If you're willing to put in about $10-12 for quality parts and half an hr of work, go ahead and replace it. With that little cost, it wouldn't be much of a loss if it turns out it's something else and it gives you a definitive answer. Be sure to have two gallons of antifreeze to throw into it afterwards though!
11-14-2013 07:55 PM
Flush your heater core as well if possible. I second replacing the tstat, they're cheap and fail.
11-15-2013 06:42 PM
Okay, it was the thermostat. I went by the Mopar dealer, picked up an OEM thermostat for about $15 with gasket. Super easy R&R. Lost about a 1/2 gallon of coolant, most of which somehow managed to miss the basin I had placed underneath. Kitty litter took care of that. Don't have a cat, but I do have old vehicles, so kitty litter is always in the garage.
Replaced coolant, fired her up and went for a drive. Gauge moved up MUCH faster than before. I had heat coming from the vents in about half the time, a marked improvement from before. Gauge reached what looks like 190* to 200* and stayed right there.
About 20 bucks and about 45 minutes, some of which was spillage clean-up. GTG.