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Coolant indicator getting to close to hight!

I have a 2003 ford focus and I just had the coolant flushed today but the coolant heat indicator keeps getting too close to the red zone, it gets close and it goues back to the middle, I wonder of thats normal and if its safe for me to drive on the freeway this way

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  • karibe_05 Jan 13, 2009

    thank you sooo much 3mac for your response yeah I had the problem before I got the coolant flushed I should have had it serviced before but i just didnt have the money for it............. so if its the thermo stat, its this something I should be worrying about? this morning it did not get do close to the hot zone, but i just did street driving,

  • karibe_05 Jan 14, 2009

    today I did street driving and it was great it stayed in the middle and rarely moved, yes I was checking every second, lol, so it probably was just a bubble? or maybe it just needed time and more driving?

    tomorrow i'm going to test it on the freeway, so we'll see how it goes!

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    well when I got my oil changed I was told that the colant needed to be flushed cause it was well under the required pH level and i let it go like that for over some time :(, so I figure the heat change was due to that, was I wrong? the freeway ride was fine, it did go a little to close to the red once, and then once more when I got off, any suggestion?

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Were you having this problem prior to having the coolant system flushed?

If so, it is likely that your thermostat is sticking.

If not, it is likely that there is an air bubble left in your system from when it was flushed. Most of the time, air bubbles will work themselves out. You'll just have to keep an eye on it and add fluid as needed. If this is the issue, the shop that flushed your coolant system should take care of it for you as part of their service.

Do you have any "check engine" lights?

Hope this helps and good luck!

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

  • Chris Hall
    Chris Hall Jan 14, 2009

    Tis the season for thermostats to act up.



    You don't need to be worried until it causes your vehicle to go into unsafe operating temps. Unfortunately, when it reaches that point there will be little if any warning. Thus, you'll be stranded. If its acting up now, chances are it will only get worse.



    The good news is, compared to a lot of things, they are fairly inexpensive to replace (normal cost is $10.00-$20.00 for the part).

  • Chris Hall
    Chris Hall Jan 14, 2009

    Being you had the problem prior to the coolant flush, I'm guessing it is not just a bubble. Your freeway trip will tell you more....

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