I just bought a 1999 pontiac grand prix gtp and today I took out for a spin and I noticed the temperature gauge not getting any higher than 160 and I know it has gotton to its normal spot before and it doesnt go down after I turn off the car and allow it to sit and cool down. Is this a bad thing thanks David
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Re: temperature gauge sticking on one temp
160 is a common temperature for a thermostat but the sticking is a problem.
I assume this is an analog gauge?
Is there no movement at all?
If there isn't, then the gauge itself has failed and will require replacement.
It's rare that these primative gauges fail but it can happen.
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Could be the thermostat. I know nothing about cars but I noticed my 2000 Grand Prix temp gauge was not going to the normal level. My wife drives this car so I didn't notice it for a month or so. Eventually the Engine light came on. Took it to Autozone and the code came back as P0180... (1) low coolant (2) bad thermostat (3) enginge fuel temp sensor. They used a code reader that was about the size of an Ipod nano.
Coolant was okay, so took it to my mechanic. His netbook sized computer showed it was the Thermostat. He reset the codes and the temp guage went back to normal. Was short on $40 for the fix at the time, so I parked the car and promised to bring it back in 3 days. Went out and checked the car a day later at 25 degrees outside without starting the car... gauge still sitting at the normal level. No question it's the thermostat. That car will not be driven again until T.stat is fixed in 2 days.
The sensor is located near the hood latch area in front of the radiator. If the temp is reading incorrectly, chances are it is defective. You can purchase a new one, they relativly inexpensive.
Disconnect the electrical connector then remove the sensor.
Good luck, let me know.
Check the ac filter, it might be dirty and thats why it is not blowing out enought cold air. The filter is located under the wiper cover but behind the firewall on the passengers side. You access this by lifting the hood and removing the rubber type gasket that holds both together, right on top of the blower unit.