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Old 12-08-2006, 01:36 PM   #1
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isuzu engine underheating- heater not doing much

We are inspecting a 1983 310 with isuzu engine with hopes of purchase in southern Oregon, temps in 40's and 50's. We replaced the thermostat . I havenít driven real far but the engine doesnít appear to be getting up to temperature. The heater is not putting out much.
Is this normal? Can anyone offer a discussion on cool running isuzu engines?
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Old 12-08-2006, 01:58 PM   #2
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Typically on any vehicle with a cooling system, if the engine doesn't heat up, it's the thermostat (provided the coolant level is correct). Did you put the right temp thermostat in? You could have an air pocket or a blockage in the system somewhere before the coolant gets to the temp sending unit/ heater core...remote, but possible not knowing the condition of the vehicle or how well it's been maintained.

To give you an example, my Chevy V8 came with a 180 degree stat. I replaced it with a 160 degree stat so that when I was towing, it would still be in closed loop, but at the same time keep the temps lower. In winter, the 160 stat also keeps the engine cool. Still in closed loop, but heat from the core can be less. So instead of swapping the thermostat to the correct size which would fix the issue, I disconnect the fan belt that drives the fan only and place cardboard in front of the radiator. I gained 10 degrees of heat doing this, getting my engine temps to 170 rather than 160. In spring, I take out the cardboard and put the fan belt on.

My guess is it's either still the thermostat or possibly the wrong temp size put in.

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I'm not sure how long you drove it , diesels take a lot longer to warm up than a gasser . At idle it will take forever , take it up a good hill . You should not need to block the radiator at 40-50 deg . Good luck
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