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Ford Escort -1998 low temperature gage

I have a 1998 Ford Escort with a temperature gage that is going towards the low level then back to halfway. It does not go high.
I just added coolant to the reserve thinking this would solve the problem since when I looked at the reserve tank it was on the low side. Would I also have to add it to the radiator itself? Have never added it since the radiator was replaced about 5 years ago. It is throwing heat as usual. It does not have any smell and no leakage on the ground. Gage is not going all the way to cool but just about half way between the cold level and the half way point. It then goes back to the middle. It is starting fine in all types of weather and usually does not stall at all while driving. Today is a cold day where the temperature has not rose above 28 degrees outside. Car is still throwing heat and defrosting windows fine. Also starting fine for it being cold outside. Could there be something wrong with the thermostat or radiator or do I just need to let the car completely cool and add coolant to the radiator itself? The usual place for the gage is halfway once the car warms up in cold weather and halfway in warm or hot weather.

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  • moniebay Dec 03, 2008

    Since I added the coolant it starts at the low level gets to half and basically is staying there. So could it just have been low in coolant? I called a place here and they told me that going from low to halfway is normal when its cold. They are going to look at it on Saturday.

    It is still throwing heat fine.

    Used to stay at half way but I do not remember it ever moving.




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Replace the thermostat, if that does not cure the issue you have a slight head gasket leak. I am a retired Ford dealer tech and this is what I have found causes this issue.

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    yadayada Dec 03, 2008

    Where did the coolant go? keep an eye on it.



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