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temp gauge reading

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Bambigular, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Apr 7, 2009 at 4:57 PM
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    Bambigular

    Bambigular [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have about 90k miles , and the temp gauge sits at a little over half, no matter the driving conditions. It does not move once the motor is warmed up. Is this normal? I just replaced the water pump, timing belt, radiator hoses, coolant, and t stat; thinking that it would read like a normal temp gauge (just below half). My wife bought it new in 04 and had this problem since. She took it in a few times and the dealer said it was normal for the 1 gen tacos. I just got off the phone with the dealer and he said the same thing. Is any one else have this problem?
     
  2. Apr 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM
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    ETaco23

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    I believe it is normal. Mine is alway a little bit above half too.
    Im sure chris4x4 will help you out soon enough.:)
     
  3. Apr 7, 2009 at 5:14 PM
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    bobwilson1977

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    I wouldn't worry about it at all. Seems normal to me. As long as its somewhere in the middle, that should be fine. Mine has always been a hair above the middle, and mine has 217,000 miles.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2009 at 8:30 PM
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    mhonda98

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    Mine always runs a little above the middle as well
     
  5. Apr 7, 2009 at 10:44 PM
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    It's normal. As long as you flush your coolant every 2 years or 30K miles you should be fine.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2009 at 10:56 PM
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    TacoNut

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    Has anyone done an electric fan swap for a 1st gen?
    :threadjacked:
     
  7. Apr 8, 2009 at 6:27 AM
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    EnolaGaia

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    The behavior you describe is absolutely normal on a Tacoma.

    There is no 'normal / standard' reading for a temp gauge. I've seen OEM temp gauges that consistently read higher and lower than the one-half mark.
     
  8. Apr 8, 2009 at 6:27 AM
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    EnolaGaia

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    Many times, using many different combinations of components ...
     
  9. Apr 8, 2009 at 3:00 PM
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    Bob Loblaw

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    I've gone all winter without any fan at all, and my guage always sits right there just above half. I lost the fan 'cause I had to replace the fan clutch, but the aftermarket fan clutch wouldn't disengage. The fan just kept roaring. So I put another one on. Same thing. So I put on a different brand. Same thing. So I said fuck it and just removed the fan for the winter. Now that the sun is starting to make itself known again, I'm gonna hafta find an electric fan setup.
     
  10. Apr 8, 2009 at 8:08 PM
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    Bambigular

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    I called the dealer ship today and they said it was normal and only with the 1 gen. I'm just worried if i try to sell her someone might say it is not normal. Thanks for all the info, it makes me feel a lot better.
     
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