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Old 02-15-2007, 11:27 AM   #1
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help with oil temp

I was driving my car home from work the other day, and my oil temp gauge is staying at like super hot, and then it happened again today. anyone have any ideas as to what might be happening? im getting kinda worried.

car is an 02 SVT, anyone have this happen before or any ideas to whats going on?

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Old 02-15-2007, 12:03 PM   #2
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If you didn't get a warning light, I wouldn't worry about it. The oil temp gauge doesn't reflect the actual temperature of the oil; it is calculated based on driving conditions and coolant temp. Is your coolant gauge showing normal?
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whoa!!! had it happen and the car went ito limp mode.
coolant gage read normal but my oil temp was pegged. ended up i blew a heater line and lost antifreeze so fast the temp sensor didnt register, but the oil temp did.
id check your coolant first and make sure its topped off. if not, check for leaks, mainly around the thermostat housing area.
if everythings good there, check your oil level. when was your last oil change?
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Those aux gauges are just so weird... Everyone on the forums have been saying the oil temp calculates based on the water temp and driving conditions (speed, intake temp, RPM)... I wonder how it pegged before anything else did when there isn't an oil temp sensor.
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Yeah, I've seen my oil temp get really high on me, when I sit idle for a while. Water temp stays pretty normal. I turn the heat on full blast when I notice it and it usually gets better.

I will check my oil level, but I just changed it to RP. I will check the fluid level as well. Would a missing heat deflector from the cat cause this to happen. I don't know if mine is still on, since I bought the car used.
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When I changed from dino oil to synthetic, I noticed that the oil temp gauge reads a bit above halfway, really no matter how I drive. I haven't auto-x or gone to a track so no continual strain on the powertrain, just a couple runs against friends cars
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I for one believe the oil tmep gauge is fairly accurate. I got a pinhole in a heater hose a few months back and lost all the coolant while the car was sitting outside warming up. It was freezing outside and the oil temp gauge was almost pegged, the temp gauge was just a little above normal.
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Yeah I would say that it can't be good to have the oil temp gauge pegged, and I'd try to figure out why it's running so hot asap before any potential damage is done.
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If I were missing a heat deflector from the CAT, would this cause my oil temp to go high when I am sitting in traffic or at a drive thru?

I am a bit concerned, I may have to get an ORP and wrap everything up.
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would this cause my oil temp to go high when I am sitting in traffic or at a drive thru?
Doubtful...there's plenty of folks running around here that have no CAT heat shield.
They either ripped it off when the rattling couldn't be stopped,
or it fell off on the road somewhere once it cracked completely through.

Course, IMHO, I'd rather have the heat shield in place.
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