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Oil Temp too high

I have a problem with the oil temp getting too high on my 1976 2.0 914. I have a new oil temp dipstick and it reads 270 degrees after running the car about 30 minutes or so at 60 mph or so.. It had a new oil cooler installed about 2 months ago. I'm concerned it will ruin the engine if I continue to drive it. Any suggestions as to what I should do? It has abslolutely no oil leaks.
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How long since a good tune up? Timing alone can affect temps. If it's been a while, I recommend a tune up and valve adjustment so you have a good baseline.
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How accurate is the dipstick? Is it contacting any metal parts? What does the stock oil temperature guage read?

If the stock guage isn't pegging out and if you're not smelling a burnt smell from the engine, you're 99.9% certain to be just fine.
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AaronM.. I checked the dipstick tonight and the insulator that keeps it tight in the dipstick hole is missing and there is metal to metal contact. I have no idea what happened to it. The stock temp guage is not getting in the red but it is hotter than it should be. The oil doesn't smell burned.

Thanks to both of you for your info.
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I'm having a similar problem. Any other resaons for high oil temps? Is it possible to check the position of the cooling flaps without pulling the engine tin?
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