2014 Chevrolet Silverado: A Detail Well Done
August 13, 2013
Here's a good example of some detail work that I've noted on other long-termers in the past. See how the needle on the temperature gauge is sitting dead center? That's no accident.
At the time this picture was taken, the coolant in our Silverado was up to its full operating temperature of 210 degrees. Now that mark could have been anywhere on the gauge — a quarter of the way up, a third of the way up — but the engineers made sure to put 210 degrees right in the middle.
Why does this matter? Because if 210 degrees just happened to be a third of the way up the dial, you might not notice that the needle was starting to creep up to 215 or 220 degrees. As long as it was to the left of center it wouldn't be very noticeable. But when the "normal" reading is dead center, it's obvious when something is wrong.
Over the course of my recent road trip, I encountered temperatures between 46 and 112 degrees in the same day. On the cold side, the engine sat exactly at 210. And when I was trudging up a long uphill grade in the desert heat, I noticed that it only nudged up a few degrees past dead center. A pretty good showing I'd say.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,204 miles