To clarify this more:
The thermostat doesn't open until the temperature reaches about 200-210 degrees with a properly working radiator pressure cap. Once it does open, cooler coolant enters into the engine thus making the guage drop typically about 10-30 degrees depending on the outside air temperature.
This is why I say it may be working correctly.
If I watch my own guage closely, I can tell when the thermostat opens and closes.
Friday, April 6th, 2007 AT 4:16 PM