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Temperature Gauge rising

My 1998 Dodge R/t magnum seems fine- Except that the temperature gauge is rising.
I'm not sure where its supposed to be originally, but as of the last couple weeks its been wobbling from the between the 55 line to the 100. It doesn't reach 100, but it gets close. And sometimes it will go down to around the middle of the two again and stay there for a bit. But the last couple days when it starts to wobble up again it gets closer to the 100?
Someone told me it could be a cracked head? Or that the gaskets weren't put on properly? Temperature gauge screwed? Fan not working properly?
It puffs out a little white smoke, but only for 5 minutes or so on start. It's not leaking coolant or anything i can see.

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  • reception90 Oct 23, 2008

    I've probabley owned her for about a year and never noticed anything...

    If it was a sticky thermostat wouldn't it just not move at all?

  • reception90 Oct 29, 2008

    Just noticed that my coolant seems to be overflowing from under the cap.



    I may have just overfilled it :S *hopes*

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Sticky thermostat would be the first & cheapest thing I'd change. How long have you owned it, before it started this?.

Posted on Oct 22, 2008

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Oct 23, 2008

    55 is probably 55 degrees celcius(C), which is 130F roughly, and 100C = 212,degreesF.(boiling point).

    As far as thermostats go, i've seen them stick open, closed, & partially. Sometimes you'll see it heat up, then suddenly temperature drops because thermostat opened too late. Double check at idle that your rad fans are coming on at normal range, or at least slightly above, and if they are, I'd do the thermostat to be on the safe side, before I go worrying about head gaskets and everything else.Make sure you bleed system good before putting cap back on after changing thermostat if you do it. Another thing to watch is to take rad cap off when cool, and start engine & let it run, watching for flow through rad when thermostat opens, and pay particular attention to see if many air bubbles while cap off, which is a good indicator for head or gasket problems.

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