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Or too cool as the case may be!

I spent the afternoon fitting a pucker Kenlowe fan to my 110 (200Tdi). This is in place of the thermostatic fan (now removed) and I also removed the cowling. I took the car out for a spin to Salisbury Plain and the temperature gauge ended up at the same place as usual (fractionally above midway), but without the fan kicking in. I know that I wasn't pushing it, nor towing today, but is it reasonable to expect that just a natural airflow through the radiator is enough to keep the engine cool?

My reason for fitting the electric fan was that as I have a veggie conversion, I want to speed up the time that the engine warms up (and thus use less diesel before it changes). I wasn't sure I was expecting just the "ram" air effect to cool the engine sufficiently!

The question I am coming to, is - Is that too be expected, or is my thermostat playing up (although only about 5 months old)

Cheers

Peter

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the 200tdi in my series doesnt have any fan fitted at all at the moment and doesnt get too hot, even when i push it much harder than i should.

any time you are moving at much more than a fast walking pace, you should be getting enough cooling from the ram air effect, unless you are towing something effing heavy.

Ian

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All, thanks for the quick replies. looks like I'm OK then! I'll be interested to see if it warms up any quicker without the old fan fitted. :rolleyes:

Next job on the list - fit a PTO winch. That means my crankshaft driven capstan winch should be appearing in the "For Sale" fairly soon.

Cheers

Peter

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My 200Tdi 90 hasn't ever had the fan come on while road driving yet, since fitting it in 2008! Comes on off-road, but there's less airflow then so that's what I would expect.

Bear in mind Land Rover designed it to work in the hottest or coldest climates around, so the paltry British 'heat' is nothing to such an over-compensated system :)

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