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2001 SL2 overheating

Dropped my son off at school, got 1 mile from school and noticed A/C was not working. Looked at thermostat and realized it was at half-way point.

I got car up to speed and a/c came back on.

Stopped for red light, it went back up and as I was waiting for the light, thermostat gauge went to the red.

Decided to turn around and go back to switch cars with husband for the day. Got up to speed again, gauge dropped all the way down to 1/4 and a/c came back on.

I talked to a few friends who think it might be the actual thermostat....HOW and WHERE do I find it to check it?

Car starts and runs just fine otherwise. Has approximately 95,000 miles.

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  • myducky719 Oct 25, 2008

    um, how? I know nothing about cars other than adding fluids such as gas, oil, coolant and washer. Oh and how to take it in to change the oil.



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Hello. I have the same car and experienced the same issue especially in traffic. My father in law is a mechanic and he changed the belt and ordered a new fan( don't know what it is called). The car works fine now. The cost of everything was about 240 for materials. If you want to see if you are having the same issue that I had what I did was run the engine on at home and lifted the hood. Turned on the a/c and just looked for anything to stop working after 15 seconds or so which was the approx time that I would notice problems at a light or in traffic. To the left of the engine there was a fan and belt that would stop turning after 15 secs or so. My father in law said that that fan was no good. So far so good. I hope this helps.

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This sounds like a fan belt prob! Check it out! frankster016

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