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My belief is if you did not use a Motorcraft thermostat you are losing a little heat there. If your thermostat is not functioning properly then you are losing a lot there. Unless your engine is more efficient than everyone's engine then the only way your engine isn't heating up is that it is being cooled down or you are at a lower engine load. Three ways that can happen is from extreme cold air getting in your engine compartment. Coolant leakage through the thermostat to the radiator when it is not supposed to. The third is the engine cooling through the heater core supplying heat to the cabin. Don't forget the heater core is a small radiator and it doesn't have a thermostat controlling the water going to it.
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My belief is if you did not use a Motorcraft thermostat you are losing a little heat there. If your thermostat is not functioning properly then you are losing a lot there. Unless your engine is more efficient than everyone's engine then the only way your engine isn't heating up is that it is being cooled down or you are at a lower engine load. Three ways that can happen is from extreme cold air getting in your engine compartment. Coolant leakage through the thermostat to the radiator when it is not supposed to. The third is the engine cooling through the heater core supplying heat to the cabin. Don't forget the heater core is a small radiator and it doesn't have a thermostat controlling the water going to it.
Agree, but not to forget. Check to see the fans are not running, and that the air dam is intact and not missing. As my '03 bought used had no air dam. But, at 184F I get good heat, not going to mess with a new stat. So Pepboys, for pervious owner:
Air dam gone
Fender liner gone
Battery cover gone
Alt splash shield gone
Mega fuses cover gone.
Air filter cover broken.
Missing bolts all over.

Glad I have a Pick a Part close.

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Yes, to the smell of coolant.
No, to the oily residue.

Today I drove my son to work, and it is 43 out.
The car ran for 5 minutes before we left, and by the time we got to his work (15 minutes total run time), it was near about on 1/2 for the temp gauge.
So, with it not being so bloody cold out, it did not take that long to heat up.

I will continue to monitor it.
And yea, that heater core leak theory, I have dealt with in the past. With water coming in on the passenger floor board.
But there are no signs of it happening now, inside or out.
And the windows are not fogging up anymore either.
That only happened that one night, and that was my son's first night back at his job, after coming home from trade school.
And that was last Saturday evening.
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What is "Air dam"
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With weather in the 20s and the car parked outside the gauge will reach the normal half way mark in less then 10 mins of driving about 5 min driving leaving the neighborhood and an then a few more minutes on the highway.

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^ Air dam/splash shield is the black plastic piece under the front of the car.
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^ Air dam/splash shield is the black plastic piece under the front of the car.
In the pic, the upper of those things. It fastens under the radiator with ~dozen screws. Keeps the air out of the engine bay except what comes through the radiators and managed by the fans.

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Yep, I know that piece very well.
It is not under the car, I HOPE that it is in the storage building.
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Yep, I know that piece very well.
It is not under the car, I HOPE that it is in the storage building.
$2 at the Pick A Part JY. Fun thing to remove if the weather is not good.
And by the way, it holds the bumper cover on, and the fender bottoms. I cut a hole in mine for the coolant drain.
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I removed mine while I was working on the Radiator.
Just do not remember where I stored it at.
Will have to go out and check on it after a while and see if it is indeed in the storage building.

I drove my son to work, and then back home, and it never got to 1/2 on the temp gauge.
It only got up to about 1/4 of the way.
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