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1995 Plymouth Acclaim temperature guage needle goes crazy

I just bought a second hand vehicle with only 45,000 original miles (one owner) and it is in great shape except this issue of temperature guage needle is going up and down; the car was not overheating but I wanted to get it checked out because I was concerned that I would not even know if it did over heat ... I just had it looked at and the mechanic told me I had to replace the radiator because it was all gunked up and needed to be replaced; he said that would fix the temperature guage issue as well. Well, it did not! I went to pick it up earlier and $300 later, the darn needle still goes all over the place. He gave me some long explanation that "he researched it and it was normal for those cars, that the needle varies in a safe zone and it was just fine". OK, I am no mechanic but it sounds like I just wasted my money! Any ideas? Is what he said true; does anyone know anything about these cars? Any help would be appreciated!

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Sue

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  • sue85208 Dec 09, 2008

    Thanks, I appreciate your suggestion. I will get someone to try this out and will let you know what happened!

  • sue85208 Dec 09, 2008

    Cool! Thanks for the advice & instructions! I will definitely try this out and appreciate the time you took to provide this info. :)

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Im sorry to tell u but he is rong.the needle should not do that.i have one my self.

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Is this a 2.2,2.5 4cyl or 3.0 ltr?... On the 4 cyl engines the temp gauge sender is generaly a one wire deal... top left side of the head below the valve cove obove the altenator bracket..Pink wire... These are famous for failing BUT have a friend sit in the car when you unplug it while the car is running and make sure the gauge reads zero...then replug and check again.... wiggle left to right and ask assistant if the needle moves.... Do not unplug the weather pack connector on the thermostat housing... This is not the correct sensor...coolant sensor is for the smec/sbec to read for fuel tables and also runs the coolant fan.. if you have a mitsu 6 cyl sorry for posting..

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It is possible that you may have an air lock in the system. You need to drain the rad again and remove the upper most heater hose from the heater core and raise the hose up high . Fill the rad until coolant comes out of the heater core pipe. Carefully reattach the heater hose. Fill the rad slowly allowing trapped air to escape.This may take a while. Once the rad is full put a catch basin on the floor under the rad filler neck.Start the car and let it run to operating temperature.Allow the expanding coolant fall into the basin.Once you see circulation in the rad you can slowly top the rad off.once you do this replace the rad cap and fill the reservoir bottle 3/4 ways to the top. Shut the car off and let it cool off filling the bottle as necessary.Hopefully this will cure your problem. Good luck :-)

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Have someone wigle the wires on the plug that go to thew sensor which is locxaated on the housing for the thermostat. If the needle moves as they are wiggling then check wires. You may want to change this sensor anyway being he change the radiator and if it was gubked up then the sensor will not give a true reading. I hope this helps.

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