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Since: Feb 11

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#1
Feb 6, 2011
 
My 03 Ford Focus doesn't reach optimum operating temperature after miles of driving when it's cold. Idling at lights for long periods helps out, but once a constant speed. Is achieved, the temp gage drops. My car did this before I had the thermostat and it's housing changed. It still does it after the replacement. What could be causing this?

Since: Sep 09

Schaumburg, IL

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Feb 7, 2011
 
Sounds like you have too much cold air hitting your radiator. block the air flow with some cardboard or something. Also, maybe the wrong thermostat was put in which opens at a lower temp, like 160. Normally I think they're in the 185-190 degree range, but the autoparts store should know what is supposed to be in your car.

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