Temperature Gauge Car

A car temperature gauge is very essential in the life of every engine especially engines having water and oil coolants. The temperature gauge tells if the car engine is in normal condition or not. It sends the message that something is lacking and that maybe water or engine oil. When the temperature is soaring high it’s giving a warning that something must be fixed before you continue on your journey.


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Normal  Temperature Gauge for Cars 

The normal temperature gauge for vehicles depends on the weather, road elevation, and the load, and traffic condition. Normally, the water temperature gauge should only play between 140-200 degrees Fahrenheit.

1. Driving during summertime-in the hottest part of the day the temperature should only reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit or even lower.

2. Driving with loads-if you have 5 to 10 persons inside the vehicle that will add to the exertion of effort so naturally, it will also add to the temperature.

3. Driving in slow traffic-in slow traffic the engine will circulate the coolants, the oil, and the water slowly. In this situation, the temperature rises because of that slow circulation and the fan is also slow to cool the radiator. So the temperature will more likely to soar at 185 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Driving to climb up the road-if you climb up the road during summertime and with a load, the temperature will rise up to 200.  Others say the temperature will even reach up to 220, that depends on what brand of temperature gauge your vehicle is equipped, and how long the elevation is. That temperature should not increase anymore. 

If you have driven your car along with those situations and it normalizes once it reaches on level ground that means the engine is in good condition.

The engine is like the human body. If it exerts efforts, more energy the lungs and the hearts will work as heavy as they are required. When a human runs to climb up an elevated ground more exertions are needed and when reaching level ground, the more relax the body is.

The temperature gauge is essential and it performs to guide the driver if the engine is normally engaging or it’s in difficulty and a short cooling period is needed before the journey is continued. 

Observing how the temperature gauge sends message to us is very important in the proper care and maintenance of the engine, ignoring the message will bring an expensive repair or even a catastrophic situation to the engine that is irreparable. 

Thank you for reading this article and if you have any questions, or you want to share your idea related to what you read here then you can leave them below on the comment box. I will surely get back to you as soon as I receive your message.





6 thoughts on “Temperature Gauge Car”

  1. Hi, I did not know that about the temperature gauge for a car. I really like the way you described engine temperature and performance in terms of a human body and the functioning of the heart and lungs during prolonged exertion is similar to the inner workings of a combustion engine when it has above average exertion put upon it. It completely made sense that the hottest a car will get is when it has to work the hardest, namely when going up a steep incline with a heavy load and even worse on a hot day. I learned something about car temperature gauges, thank you.

    • Hi! Sean. I’m happy that you learn something about this article and you will be careful in observing the message the temperature gauge will send to you. We care about our car and don’t want to have a short life of service to us.

      thank you for leaving a comment.

  2. Hi, I really like the way you write. I have Used to have a Malaysian car called Proton. Model Savvy. It used to give me a lot of problems in terms of temperature rises. Especially if I am driving on a hot day or climbing up the hill. I have repair it a few times because of the so-called wiring board which causes a bomb. I finally get rid of that car once and for all. The Engine is like drinking water, I have to add water to cool down the heat of the engine.

    I can relate to your topic and thanks for letting us know different weather and situation will cause the temperature to act differently.

    I am well aware of the temperature from now on.

    Well written, short and sweet and useful article,

    • Thanks, Jon. I think you have made the best decision in giving up that car. We always see to it that when we drive it will not put us in compromise, particularly on long distances. We are thankful for the temperature gauge it speaks to us of the condition of the engine. Unresolved overheating will just put a burden on us. Good radiator, good radiator fan, good sleeves, piston rings, and valve seats will surely render a good engine’s performance. If all these are all in good condition but still the engine overheats as a message to us by the temperature gauge then there is something serious. The car must be junked.

  3. I have driven many cars,and found that the temperature does vary according to the load,and when there has been a problem,in the engine,the engine has boiled.If the heater is turned on when there is a shortage of radiator water, it will bring the radiator temperature down,allowing you to proceed to a place, where you can replenish the water 

    In one truck in which I was riding,the driver insisted on driving when there was not enough water in the radiator,eventually the engine almost seized,and when the radiator was eventually filled, there was bad damage to the engine.

    If called upon to drive a vehicle,in which he knows the temperature gauge is faulty,shouldn’t he refuse drive the vehicle until it is repaired?

    • You are right, Robert. If the temperature gauge is faulty the right step is to repair it or even replace it before driving. The temperature gauge is the one responsible for telling us if there is enough oil and water the engine needed to normally function.

      When refilling water to the radiator be sure the engine is running. If the engine stalled and it’s hot do not refill the radiator, wait until the temperature cools down maybe for 15 minutes. Never pour water over the engine when it is hot.

      Thanks for your comment.


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