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Old 02-14-2015, 05:51 PM   #1
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Z/28 oil/water temps in normal driving

My car runs so cool in normal driving that it almost seems wrong. I know how all of the nervous nellies in here talk about a "160 thermstat" will make the car blow up and is unsafe...blah blah. Obviously, GM has determined that the Z/28 needs a lower temp thermostat to run cool enough for a track dedicated vehicle. My car runs at 169-176 water temp and 170-176 oil temp when the ambient is in the mid 40s. My ZL1 with a 160 thermostat and a larger radiator runs at 176-180 water temp and always 210 oil. So, what is everyone else seeing for there typical cruising water/oil temps?
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:04 PM   #2
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bump...anyone else have any temp readings from their DIC?
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:42 PM   #3
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Temps and weather have kept me from driving mine for a month or more now with no letup in the near future. I don't remember the numbers to be honest with you, sorry.
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Old 02-15-2015, 05:44 PM   #4
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Temps and weather have kept me from driving mine for a month or more now with no letup in the near future. I don't remember the numbers to be honest with you, sorry.
This. Not for another month or more would I have good numbers.
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Old 02-16-2015, 05:00 AM   #5
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My car runs so cool in normal driving that it almost seems wrong. I know how all of the nervous nellies in here talk about a "160 thermstat" will make the car blow up and is unsafe...blah blah. Obviously, GM has determined that the Z/28 needs a lower temp thermostat to run cool enough for a track dedicated vehicle. My car runs at 169-176 water temp and 170-176 oil temp when the ambient is in the mid 40s. My ZL1 with a 160 thermostat and a larger radiator runs at 176-180 water temp and always 210 oil. So, what is everyone else seeing for there typical cruising water/oil temps?
If I remember correctly, LS7 reads oil temps from the bottom of the dry sump's oil container, which is a relatively colder place than the oil pan. So oil temp might read a bit lower, but coolant temp is puzzling. I wouldn't think GM can pass emissions with a low temp coolant thermostat? Had you driven long enough when you checked for temps?
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Old 02-16-2015, 06:01 AM   #6
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at least 50 miles and it read 169°-176° the whole time.
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Old 02-16-2015, 06:41 AM   #7
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Hello Steve, Its your fault for the week of cold and now snow is on the way.. The minute you go buy a new toy to play with and see what happens.. Nice black Z/28.. Jim
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:59 AM   #8
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Hello Steve, Its your fault for the week of cold and now snow is on the way.. The minute you go buy a new toy to play with and see what happens.. Nice black Z/28.. Jim
Thanks Jim
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:40 PM   #9
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Drove today with ambient in the low 50's and the cruising water temp stays at 172 and oil was 176 max. Anyone actually drive their Z/28? Did GM do something for the '15 model year because of high water/oil temps at the track? My ZL1s oil temp is minimum 210 and on track days it would hit 310.
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:50 PM   #10
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Your zl1 is supercharged...temp gonna be higher.
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Drove today with ambient in the low 50's and the cruising water temp stays at 172 and oil was 176 max. Anyone actually drive their Z/28? Did GM do something for the '15 model year because of high water/oil temps at the track? My ZL1s oil temp is minimum 210 and on track days it would hit 310.
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Your zl1 is supercharged...temp gonna be higher.
+1 and LS7 comes with dry sump. The engine oil temp is measured at the bottom of the dry sump tank, which also tends to be a cooler place than the actual sump of the engine.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:06 AM   #12
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Your zl1 is supercharged...temp gonna be higher.
At cruise the supercharger is doing nothing...of course under load the supercharger is pushing a lot of heat
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:15 PM   #13
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Anyone actually drive their Z/28?
In this weather, no.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:33 PM   #14
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In this weather, no.
Same here.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:56 PM   #15
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yesterday was o.k. at best but I was itching to drive it...50s and sunny
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Old 03-04-2015, 04:42 AM   #16
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I wish.. 37 when I got home, but I still have snow in my driveway, and the roads I still don't trust as being salt free. Do I want to drive it,, you betcha. It's hard to restrain myself.
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Old 03-08-2015, 05:18 PM   #17
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Put 700+ miles on the Z today. Outside temps started out in the 30's and ended up in the 70's.

Coolant Temps 176 or so
Oil Temps 174-176
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Old 03-08-2015, 07:25 PM   #18
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Put 700+ miles on the Z today. Outside temps started out in the 30's and ended up in the 70's.

Coolant Temps 176 or so
Oil Temps 174-176
thanks! so, just like mine
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thanks! so, just like mine
Yep, sure is.
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Street driving in what temps?
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