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RC Glossary


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Engine Temp (Temperature) --

Engine temperature should only be used to verify that the needle settings are correct and not for actual tuning. An engine's temp is affected by many outside influences, such as air temp, humidity, and altitude. With that said, engine temp should be checked after the model is warmed up with at least 3 minutes of actual running. Small blocks are usually safe at around 220* to 290*, while big blocks are good at around 210* to 260*. When using a temp gun, the most accurate location to check the temp is at the glow plug, though some may check it on the side of the block. If you don't have a temp gun, a spit test will give you a good ballpark figure of how hot your engine is running.
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