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Old 07-22-2011, 09:39 AM
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Raised Oil Temperature

I installed my motor into my 3rd gen Camaro in 2004, with oil/trans coolers.
I never had a temp gauge with the original motor so I never knew what the
going oil temp was.
Since the installation of my motor the oil temp with a 180š thermostat and cooler has always been 180š maybe a tad more in traffic.
Two months ago I had an oil cooler line failure while out on the road, after smelling burning oil I parked the car at the next safest spot.
The return oil line had been cooked by the new Hedman Hedders I installed
and I was using regular rubber line, my mistake obviously for not double checking header/line spacing.
Had the car trailered 120 miles home and installed -8 AN oil lines.

Now the oil temp runs at 210š, takes itīs time to get there but thatīs where it peaks, regardless of ambient temperature, last run was the same 120 miles at five in the morning very cool air, thunderstorm air in fact.

My questions are;
Could Anything have got damaged inside my motor when the oil line popped
causing a hot spot, it took me maybe three minutes to get safely parked ?
What is a ballpark regular oil temp number for a Chevy small block without a cooler ?
Are my oil lines big enough, should I go from a -8 to -10 ?

BTW the car runs just fine, I changed the oil and checking it shows no "sparkly stuff" in it.

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Old 07-22-2011, 10:05 AM
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Hi malc

I'm sure you have nothing to worry about. Even though you lost oil pressure, you shut it down within a few moments, everything would still be protected by the oil film. You oil temp is within the safe range 180*- 240* I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:06 AM
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220 to 230 is the typical heat range for a stock panned small block with mineral oil. Synthetic can take some temps up to 260 to 280 but only for short periods.
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