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Old 05-05-2014, 12:39 PM   #1
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Like most of you, I tend to scroll through my DIC readings after I start my 'vette, just to make sure that all is well.

When finished, I leave it set to show "Oil Temperature".

My car, with the dry sump system, and external oil cooler tends to keep the oil on the cool side.

Typical temps are about 162F normal driving around town, with moving traffic about 40 mph.
On hot days, with ambient temps around 95 F, in slow moving traffic, I've seen the oil temp as high as 195 F.

As a result I monitor the oil temperature for readings between about 160 ~ 195 F as "normal".

I'm just curious where other folks tend to leave their DIC to monitor their car's systems?

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I leave mine blank/off.... that way, any issues or warnings that do pop up will get my attention..
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is this another one of your JOKE threads(where do you leave your DIC)....I feel like Im walking into a trap!...

seriously tho, mine prob stays on MPGs when just lightly cruising around town, and I will usually check tire pressure to see if they all come up to pressure evenly and will buzz thru oil readouts, and temp regularly and especially if Im driving rather hard...
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I leave mine blank/off.... that way, any issues or warnings that do pop up will get my attention..
I just learned something. I wasn't aware that the blank setting would provide for a warning, if a reading was out of normal perimeters...thanks.

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is this another one of your JOKE threads(where do you leave your DIC)....I feel like Im walking into a trap!...

seriously tho, mine prob stays on MPGs when just lightly cruising around town, and I will usually check tire pressure to see if they all come up to pressure evenly and will buzz thru oil readouts, and temp regularly and especially if Im driving rather hard...
Guess I deserved that...nope, no trap I promise, just wondering how others monitor their DIC.
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I leave mine on engine temp reading and then flip flop that with the instant avg mpg. I do run through the tire pressures when I first get in the car. My oil temps will run in the 140's when its cool outside and 160's when it gets warmer. I have been concerned with that but was told since I run synthetic all is good........
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I got bored with all the big numbers for instant mpg and so now I leave it on engine oil temp.
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Oil temp / avg mpg.

Was looking for a more fun thread from you.
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I leave mine blank/off.... that way, any issues or warnings that do pop up will get my attention..
Totally agree as I do the same.
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OK, I'll bite! At 162, your oil is cooler than it should be.
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Mine always displays Competitive Driving Mode!
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Oil temp. The big sump and cooler keep it a little low. In the winter I have a cover that goes over the cooler to keep temps up.
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I'm sure someone will chime in and correct me but, wouldn't oil temps closer to 212 degrees F be better. My thinking is that one of the things needed is a high enough temperature to boil off any moisture that may have condensed into the pan or, in dry sump systems, the tank and lines. Any good oil (I use Mobil 1 also) should operate without issues at these temperatures. Feel free to flame away as I have my fire suit on now.

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I can Help First what's a DIC?
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Oil temp / avg mpg.

Was looking for a more fun thread from you.
Sorry,...of course, we could always start arguing over which oil temperature is most efficient, that might liven things up for ya.

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OK, I'll bite! At 162, your oil is cooler than it should be.
There ya go, that didn't take long.

Some folks feel that anything less than 180 F and they refuse to tach more than 4,000 rpm. Others insist the LS3 is not properly lubricated at temps under 210 F, some want even higher oil temps.

Here's my take....I figure the G.M. engineers knew what they were doing when they designed my car.
Especially since it's a 2013, and they had plenty of feedback by then. The engineering team was well aware of the fact that many of these engines wouldn't see oil temps much higher than 170 degs F, and they certainly didn't want to handle thousands of warranty claims.

Therefore, it stands to reason that the cooler temps are just fine, and I personally never give it a thought. Except here of course.
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Mine always displays Competitive Driving Mode!
Hit RESET and it'll clear that off the screen so you can keep playing with it while leaving it in COMP mode.

I just utilize the oil temperature reading for warmup temps. I don't truly get on it until it hits 120F. At that point the oil PSI seems to normalize. Unless I'm road course tracking the car (which I haven't just yet) for daily drving use that's the extent I use that reading for.
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C'mon, we can find controversy in ANY thread...
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Oil temp. Have the dry sump too and sometimes have trouble getting to a normal operating range, so this is most critical to me.

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Hit RESET and it'll clear that off the screen so you can keep playing with it while leaving it in COMP mode.

I just utilize the oil temperature reading for warmup temps. I don't truly get on it until it hits 120F. At that point the oil PSI seems to normalize. Unless I'm road course tracking the car (which I haven't just yet) for daily drving use that's the extent I use that reading for.
Thank you for the info, didn't know that!
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There ya go, that didn't take long.

Some folks feel that anything less than 180 F and they refuse to tach more than 4,000 rpm. Others insist the LS3 is not properly lubricated at temps under 210 F, some want even higher oil temps.

Here's my take....I figure the G.M. engineers knew what they were doing when they designed my car.
Especially since it's a 2013, and they had plenty of feedback by then. The engineering team was well aware of the fact that many of these engines wouldn't see oil temps much higher than 170 degs F, and they certainly didn't want to handle thousands of warranty claims.

Therefore, it stands to reason that the cooler temps are just fine, and I personally never give it a thought. Except here of course.

You might be right, but I question why my cooling fans are factory programed to come on at 240 deg on my 85? Guess they did not know then what they know now?

85 runs great once it is warmed up....bad cold start injector GM stopped making them.
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