circuitsmith wrote:Try blocking the lower grill. I attach a blocking panel in the winter and have no problems up to 70F.
Should reduce air flow around the oil pan.
Thanks circuit. I do have a pizza box top stuffed in between the condenser and the radiator for quicker heat.
I think I'm dealing with two problems at the same time. I have since gotten my newer old '03 Vibe GT on the road with a new trans and clutch kit. Only driven it 15 miles or so but can easily hit lift regardless of outside temp. It warms up much quicker than the other (not hitting lift) one. I suspect a stuck open thermostat or even possibly no t-stat in it at all. I also think it is time to pull the filter screen at the lift solenoid again. When I first got it the screen was plugged solid and couldn't get lift. A good cleaning and "lift". Reading some other old postings, someone, I forgot who, said that they had to clean theirs a couple of times. I'm guessing that I need to pull the screen and clean it again.