[T3] 73 T-3 oil temp?

William Jahn willjahn975 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 17 13:40:22 PDT 2021

I drove it again today, yet it's only 75F . I did notice one thing. I have
the gauges mounted more to the right of the dash center in one of those VDO
rubber 3 gauge mounts. I  Made a thick plastic plate so I could place the
rubber gauge mount on an angle as much as I could . The end of the gauge
mount is near the left side of the glove box door .

 Point is if I look at the gauges dead center , for instance the temp gauge
from the driver's seat reads 180F yet if I look dead center it's between
the 120 and 180 mark. So the just below 220 on the hot day was probably
closer to 200. That does not mean it was not running hot because the oil
light was coming on and the gauges are not 100 % accurate either.

 I want to see if I can angle the panel more. It was the only spot I could
mount it , doesn't mean I can't improve it a bit. maybe.

On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 6:58 AM Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:

> On 5 Sep 2021 at 9:52, William Jahn wrote:
> > I was stuck in traffic barely moving for over an hour and the oil temp
> > read just under 220 F the oil light would go on at idle , it was 94 F air
> > temp . If I put the auto trans in neutral the oil light would go out . I
> > checked the oil level later and was down 1/2 quart . Once I was able to
> > start moving the oil temps dropped .
> Given your situation, hot day, hot pavement, stop & go traffic (surrounded
> by
> other cars also shedding their excess engine heat, as well as the heat
> from
> their ACs) I don't see anything particularly unusual about what you
> observed. Your 220 F indicated temperature is probably not unusual for
> those conditions, but it can be informative to test your temp sensor in
> boiling
> water (212 F) to see how good the calibration is.
> Putting the AT into N is the right thing to do: It reduces the load on the
> engine which means less waste heat to get rid of, plus it lets the idle
> speed
> increase a bit, providing a bit more cooling and a bit more oil pumped
> thru
> the engine and oil cooler. It's a zero effort solution.
> Once you get moving, there's no longer stagnant hot exhaust air trapped
> under the car, plus there's turbulence that enhances the cooling of the
> underside of the engine.
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