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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-03-2016, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Is it normal for your temperature gauge to hangout in the middle or very close to the middle? I don't recall it ever being so close to the middle. No dash sensors come on but I do hear this random continuous chime that interrupts the radio. Any ideas on why the continuous chimes?
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Is it normal for your temperature gauge to hangout in the middle or very close to the middle? I don't recall it ever being so close to the middle. No dash sensors come on but I do hear this random continuous chime that interrupts the radio. Any ideas on why the continuous chimes?
I don't know if its normal but I noticed that during stop and go situations. The needle will go past the middle. Then the fan kicks in and brings it back to normal. This happens to me all the time as I use my TH for commuting and its mostly on stop and go situations.

I'm not too concern because it seems to be pre-programmed to kick the fan on as soon as it the needle pasts the middle of the gauge.

The only time I hear the fan turn on is what I mentioned above, going off-road using 4Lo, or when I turn on my front defroster.

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^^ Same here, my needle pretty much sits in the middle when fully at running temps and then varies a little depending on what I'm really doing. Never seen it vary by much though.


No idea on the chimes without more of a description - assume you are wearing seatbelt and setting all the 'usual' things that set off chimes - doors closed, parking brake off, not parked close enough to set off park sensors etc. Mine does chime a couple times when I put it in reverse to remind me to "look completely around the vehicle" -- a little annoying, as I do, and I use the mirrors and camera, but to me that's just a "whatever" chime...

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I thought the chimes were probably indicating the engine temperature was getting too hot. I just got it back from the mechanic (dealership) so when I hit the stop and go traffic after work, I'll see what it does. If the gauge goes past the mid mark and the chimes come back, I'll have to call the dealership.
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Hmm - what model etc do you have? I'm not aware of audible warnings like that, but they may be in there; but if overheating were the case, you should also see warning lights and/or EVIC messages. Did you check the screens for any saved messages? Dealer probably is very best bet if it does chime again and appears to correlate with a high temp or other problem. Good luck and keep us posted. Welcome by the way!

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If you have the screen options fire up vehicle info and swing across to the temp pages. one specifically for coolant temp in degrees. M8ne sits around 80 to 90 c but in deep soft sand maxes out at 105 with fans blaring. Transmission on the other hand in same conditions has risen to 128c at the same time as the DING 4WD Temporarily unavailable message flashed up.

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Basically that is where mine hangs out so I do not see an issue with being in the middle.
Type of driving will impact that gauge a bit whether it hangs out a bit higher or lower.
Chimes I notice is if my passenger or myself do not buckle up before the vehicle starts moving.
A visit to the dealer might be in order.

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If you have the screen options fire up vehicle info and swing across to the temp pages. one specifically for coolant temp in degrees. M8ne sits around 80 to 90 c but in deep soft sand maxes out at 105 with fans blaring. Transmission on the other hand in same conditions has risen to 128c at the same time as the DING 4WD Temporarily unavailable message flashed up.

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I drove up to Cooma recently via the alpine way, after 8 hours of driving, finished off driving up 5000ft of very windey step and slow mountain range for an hour, the engine temp peaked up to 115c with all fans going like a jet engine (outside temp was only 17c) and transmission was 105c, never got any chimes or warnings.

I take it your cut out of 4wd at high temps protects the transmission? how long does it take before you get 4WD back? The reason I ask about to go on a holiday doing sand dunes etc in South Australia , thus wouldnt mind your input or anyone else for that matter.

I am going with a 4WD club, so will always have some people with me in case I get stuck, but wouldnt mind some advise from people who have done sand drivng before. its been about 30 years since I done any sand driving, and that was in a old Land cruiser .

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It took about 15 min of it idling before I could get it to engage again. The biggest issue is you get one flash up warning for abojt 20 seconds that then dissapears. The selector stys indicating Sand mode though.. you have to change back to Auto then back to Sand to see if the warning comes up to see if it's still unavailable.

However switched it to low range ( rolling slowing down select or deselct low range then knock it into neutral and as you slow to 5kmh it will clunk in or out every time) and never had an issue. Can easily run at 50 to 60kmh in 9th and rpms are below 2000

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The 'hottest' we have ever got our TH was 199* but that was on the digital readout. The 'analog' gauge stayed close to the middle as that's where it usually rides. This was in Colorado crawling up a pretty steep incline with the tranny limited to 2nd gear. Normally it rides pretty close to the middle and I can't ever recall any sort of warning chime. I'm pretty adamant about cleaning the coolers with a mix of simple green and liquid tide and then rinsing everything well at least twice a year, more if we have particularly nasty weather.
Could the chime have been the radio alert for favorite songs or, possibly the GPS alert? When we first got our TH, it would randomly do this interfering with the radio and driving me nuts. Come to find out, it was the speed nanny on the GPS.

Edit 1.0 - Sorry. I just realized this question was about engine temperature. My mind defaulted to transmission temp and that is to what my post was referring. Never had any problems with engine temp.

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