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has anyone fitted a temp gauge to their note or does everyone just wait on the wee light thingy coming on, i like to get advanced warning if the cars going to overheat lol
 

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To be totally honest gauges on modern car are mostly just warning lights that take up more space. Despite having a scale they only register "cold", "normal" and "sorry mate, too late".

Take the wifes Skoda as an example. It has 2 temp gauges and a warning light. The traditional gauge goes form cold to normal in a split second and we have never seen it go above this. In the display between the gauges there is the option for a digital gauge and having this on shows just how pointless the traditional gauge is. It only changes to a number when the engine reaches 50 degress but by this time the traditional gauge is up to normal. The digital gauge take a good while to reach 85 degrees (the running temp).

Then there are the times you sit in traffic. The traditional gauge never moves off normal but the digital gauge slowly rises and at about 100 degrees you can feel the cooling fan engage (the idle speed increases) with the traditional gauge still showing normal. As the fan does its work the digital gauge drops but as you would expect from previous experience with the traditional gauge it does not move.

We have had more than a few cars with no temp gauge and never had an issue, with the Skoda we are spoilt (as well as the 2 gauges it also has a warning light). My advice would be to simply carry on and only panic if the light comes on. To benefit form a gauge you really need to look at it every few seconds and how many drivers on planet earth do that, if they did they would crash because they are not watching the road. The warning light is plenty good enough warning.
 

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When the overheat light comes on, Dont continue to drive because no doubt you'll soon see steam rising from the engine bay. On the motorway you'll be leaving a 'smoke trail'
Then is the time to pull over and switch off immediately.
If you don't, it's good bye engine or at least good bye to the cylinder head.
 

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has anyone fitted a temp gauge to their note or does everyone just wait on the wee light thingy coming on, i like to get advanced warning if the cars going to overheat lol
No need to fit anything which requires 'plumbing' as you can use something like this plugged into the OBD2 port.

 

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It's a real pain to site the gauge, or gauges, and get the wiring through, and behind the dash. Besides that, it's easy enough. Power supply easy, heat sender easy. Analog or digital......Utube, have a look.
 
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