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Old 11-20-2011, 04:17 AM
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Temperature Gauge Issue

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So its been getting pretty cold here (-4*F) and ive been noticing a weird issue with my temperature gauge. Ill drive for about 15 mins or so and it wont get all the way to the middle.. it'll get to about 1/3 on the gauge and kind of stay there. My car blows warm air in the mean while but just wondering what the cause might be? I replaced the coolant less than 500 miles ago when I did my timing belt/waterpump but could the issue be related to the thermostat? I find it only happens when im parked outside and its very cold out.. if im in a garage and drive, it gets to halfway no problem.

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Re: Temperature Gauge Issue

Thats not a bad thing, it should stay a little under half all the time. Its not that cold where I live but if its cold out mine always takes a little while to heat up..if anything it might be stuck..

Try taking out the thermostat and see how it looks/feels
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Re: Temperature Gauge Issue

yup thermostat which can b bad in ur area cuz cars r supposed to warm up to operating temps asap and if its stuck open then it will take longer to warm up
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Re: Temperature Gauge Issue

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Thats not a bad thing, it should stay a little under half all the time. Its not that cold where I live but if its cold out mine always takes a little while to heat up..if anything it might be stuck..

Try taking out the thermostat and see how it looks/feels
yeaa little under half is what i get on a warm day. this is quite a bit lower. ill take a look at the thermostat.
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Re: Temperature Gauge Issue

only times i ever hit half way are idling for a while and stop and go traffic, and at that same moment the thermostat opens and I go back down to a quarter on the gauge after a few moments... I'm always at a quarter when driving.
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Re: Temperature Gauge Issue

This may sound obvious, but check for air bubbles. Sometimes it takes a while to work one out with the engine running and the radiator cap off (obviously do NOT remove the cap on a hot engine, of if you do, please have a camera rolling near by...that's some good you-tube footage!)
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Re: Temperature Gauge Issue

I think you may be right about the bubbles considering the new fluid. To get the air bubbles out I open the bleeder on the thermostat housing and take the rad cap off once i start the car right?
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Re: Temperature Gauge Issue

Just burp it. Make sure there's coolant in the overflow. Open the radiator and massage the lower and upper radiator hoses. It should burp up most air and then it will pull whatever else it needs from the overflow. I've done this over 10 times and its never failed.
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