I don't think stock skid make much difference in the summer. I've two 98-02 pure stock I recently service coolant system in.So this might be a stupid question but how much do the bottom skid plates impact engine temps? I took mine off a few months ago and haven't put them back on yet. I'm still monitoring my temps after installing the new thermostat but I just wonder if temps will go up a bunch when I put the plates back on.
- CSF radiator with side & top foam, no undershield on: 184-187F w/OAT 97F sunny mid day.
- Factory radiator foam on all four side, all under shield on. 184-187F w/OAT 97F sunny mid day.
Oh, my understanding was engine temp up after overheating. Was this Slee stuff added, than running hot started?Replaced the fan clutch last year. Everything checks out with it. I'm beginning to wonder if my Slee skid plate combined with the winch is the cause of the higher temps. What's weird though is that the temps rise with the RPM. If I just idle, I'll sit around 193 (still high). Anything over 65 and I'm 198+. I rinsed the radiator and trans cooler out with distilled water. The fins all look clear.
Wondering if the serpentine belt might have something to do with it? It's 3 years old, but wondering if maybe it's slipping. It seems plenty tight though.
If you serp belt is OEM and did not start and keep chirping after getting wet from washer radiator, it's likely fine. Tensioner can be check just by put a 14mm socket on ratchet. It should have good back pressure.