I have a 2005 Lotus Elise that I just purchase, whats the normal temperature these cars should run on? I'm not sure if the car is overheating or if it's at normal temperature. I read the manual that anywhere from 190-220 F? 245 is overheating?
The highest i have gotten was 210 because it was hot and humid out..... ughhhh.... but had the AC blasting But when it is like 65-75 out the normal temperature i get is in this range 190-195 and depends on how you drive it too. Also, 245 is definitely overheating lol...
Oh ok I was running 190-205 F today with air condition blasting and it was def. hot out. I got a little worried I've only owned the vehicle for a few hours. Is there some type of warning that would flash if the vehicle ever did get too hot? or would it go on limp mode like on other European vehicles?
186 is my normal operating temp (both supercharged and normally aspirated). In stop and go traffic the temps get higher. Highest temp I ever saw was 210 in stop and go Phoenix traffic; I pulled over and let it cool. I suspect the car had been undriven for a while as I had just bought the car 20 minutes before, likely had unpurged air bubbles in the coolant. A trick to get the temp down: Turn on the AC for a few seconds until the electric fans come on, turn off the ac, the fans keep running for a period of time dropping the temp.
187-194 with stock thermostat fine when moving. 204-206 normal in traffic, never an issue. If you don't see temps come up to normal while driving in a mellow fashion, your thermostat has failed and is stuck open.
My new thermostat seems to run ~182 which is great