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Temp gauge on zero when car is running, then when idling it starts to rise? chevrolet tacuma 1.6sx

Even on a good run temp needle never moves when you stop the car is still ideling for 3 mins the gauge starts to move.

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Thermostat needs to be replaced.

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Check to make sure your thermostat works right by monitoring the warming up of your engine. With a completely cold engine, start and run the engine for a few minutes, then put your hand on the top radiator hose to monitor if and when it gets warm as the thermostat opens more and more and note the gauge reading( if it works) the top radiator hose should be unbearably hot within 5-8 minutes. If the therm. opens right it should close right aswell, staying open a little while eventhough the radiator may have cooled may be what you are experiencing causing the rapid cooling and is nothing to worry about. The Hose should not get warm very soon after starting the engine. Regarding you gauge, lets take one step at a time, verify proper op. or the therm.

Posted on Jan 20, 2009

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have you been adding coolant ? if the level is low you can experience this problem , or it could be a thermostat thats getting to the end of it's life !

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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You may have a relay, and thermostat and or computer issue. You need to get it diagnosed properly. Also make sure the wire did not fall of the Temp sensor.

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SOURCE: 2002 malibu runs hot.

Sounds like you have a faulty head gasket or maybe a cracked head.This can cause overheating and the check engine light to come on.The code for the o2 sensor is probably caused by coolant getting into the exhaust system and coating the sensor.The coolant fan may work but it cannot remove enough heat from the rad to make the engine cool off.Try some engine coolant stop leak to see if it will help.This maybe only a temperary fix.Let me know if you need more.MOE

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SOURCE: temperature gauge needle only moves a little even

may need knew coolant temp sensor, if that doesn't fix your problem there may be a problem with the gauge in your instrument cluster

Posted on Aug 08, 2010

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