A week ago a notice came from the DMV to SMOG my Viper, So I took it to a star smog station, It was a very hot day (about 102 F outside) and I filled the viper with premium gas and drove it around a bit, I stopped at the smog station and kept the car running, then 10 minutes later the smog tech took it onto the smog dyno and went through the testing, it passed nicely.
Now I sit back in the car and start driving and the little red thermometer light on the console is ON and the gauge shows 250 F!!
I shut the car off in shade in the nearest parking lot (luckily at the mall) and walk around the mall for 3 hours. I figure the engine running for so long during the smog without air flowing into the radiator was the issue.
I started it up later and it went back to normal 190''' position, but climbed higher as I drove home. When I reached my garage/home it was around 225-230.
Im beginning to worry. it's has always been at the 190''' mark and never at 250'
Your stat could be shot. Id start there.. water pump also may be on the way out. ..
you have not been on in a while, nice to see you.. sorry about your problems
Thanks Kanadianpride. I haven't logged into any of the forums I frequent because i've been so fucked in the head. I was having business problems over the last 4-5 months, lots of stress and depression.
I'm a bit better now. I added a new car to my little stable, see my sig below. feeling positive.
I bet it's your fan relay. Are your fans kicking on?
Pull the relay cover on your power distribution center (located next to the fuse box under the hood). You have 3 relays in there, 2 are for the fans. Pull the 2 fan relays and check the red plastic underneath. If it's scorched, you probably have the same problem us Texans have.
There are a few write-ups on here about ways to fix that.
Another note: I went through all the shit to fix the wiring heating up (new wires in the PDC, removed the red plastic, smeared dielectric grease on new relays), but the actual harness at the fan was burned up pretty bad. I just cut the connectors off tonight and put in quick disconnects with much larger contact points so hopefully the current won't bottleneck there any more. I haven't run it yet.
"Listen here, you beautiful bitch; I'm 'bout to fuck you up with some truth."
Gen2's are known for burning out the wires at the fan connection.
Very easy to check visually.
This would defintely be my first check as i have seen sooooo many do this exact thing. You could buy a new connector if you disconnect it and it is indeed fried, or cut and splice, either will get you back on the road.
If the other suggestions don't resolve it, check your radiator. They are old enough that the welds of the end tanks can fail. That happened to me last year. Never had a drop of fluid on my garage or anything that would lend me to believe it was leaking/steaming off.
Had it re-cored based on my mechanic's recommendation as the OEM materials were more efficient than the all aluminum in his opinion. Never had heat issues with my heads/cam GTS prior, but after the re-core, it seems to cool more efficiently then prior.
You can also just start your car in the garage with the hood open. Let the car idle until it reaches the temperature the fans are supposed to kick on. Mine are set at 170°. If they don't come on you know it's your relays, your fuse or some wiring with the fans. If they do turn on and you still heatsoak that's probably a radiator.
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