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Temp. gauges are very rarely calibrated with the actual temperature. You just have to get used to the normal position. The "Centre" position on your gauge has no special significance. You could rationalise your reading by noting that there are 7 divisions between C and H, and your needle is at about halfway.
You could expect to see a rise of 1 or 2 divisions if the engine started to get hot (Hill, A/C on hot day). Start worrying if the needle gets near the red zone.
I agree too, that is normal reading, I've had two Kia's and they both read in the same position. It makes no difference whether its 35C out or -30C its still goes to the same position when the engine gets to its proper operating temperature.
Thanks guys for the info. I feel much better about my engine now!
conwelpic, I live in Ottawa, Canada.
great, now if you could just fill this out in your LOCATION on the left side and also while your at it fill out the details on what you are driving - thanks. It makes it so much easier for us to answer questions when we have these details. This is a worldwide forum and vehicles are not equipped the same in every country.
I noticed that my Toyota operates with the temp needle in the same position. I speculate that a focus group, many years ago, determined that human beings feel their car is running at a good temperature if it's "just below half."
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