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Old 07-03-2018, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I like to keep an eye on operating temps of critical pieces of equipment. The basic temp gauge in my 87 Samurai isn’t going to cut it.

Have any of you added digital gauges to your exhaust, oil, coolant, tranny, and t-case?

What did you use and are there even sensors available to add for each of those?

As a new owner, any issue with the following? The area I will most often use my rig has some decent long downhill runs and I’d rather drop her in low 4 and 1st or 2nd and let the gears slow her than to ride the brake. These are knobby, cobblestone roads that want to beat the crud out of my teeth. Reading the warning/operating instructions in front of the tease suggests not to operate the rig in 4 on hard roads...
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First - the reason there's a warning not to use 4WD on hard surfaces is because it's a part time 4WD with no center differential, and "drive train windup" will occur - it has nothing to do with temperature.

Second - there's very little reason to add an "exhaust" temperature gauge to a gasoline engine, likewise an oil temperature gauge - if you have an automatic transmission, it's not a bad idea to have a temperature gauge, but if it's a manual transmission, there is no need for one, and the same goes for the transfer case.

That leaves us with the coolant temperature - personally I find the standard gauge quite adequate, I recognize that it doesn't tell me if the engine is at 50*, 60* or 80*, but, it does tell me what I need to know, which is that it is within the "normal" temperature range, which is really add I need to know.

One last thing - and this is probably personal preference - I will NEVER fit digital gauges to my vehicles - with an analogue gauge, I can tell, at a glance, that the needle is within the "normal" zone - with a digital gauge, I have to read it, understand what the numbers indicate and then decide what that number means.

Tell me quickly is 212*F good or bad? Should I be worried because it's at 215*F and that's above the boiling point of water? It went up to 195*F and then dropped back to 175* and now it's rising again - is that normal, or should I be concerned?

These are all perfectly valid questions, and they are actually the reason that the coolant temperature gauges on most cars work they way they do - they are intentionally designed this way so as not to cause owners undue heartache.
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