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Temperature guage running colder than normal

Normally my temperature guage on my dash runs about 1/2 way between Cold & Hot. Recently it has been running about a 1/4 of the way between C & H ...sometimes even an 1/8 of the way between. It has also not been as warm inside the vehicle like it use to be.
Could this simply be my thermostat that is not opening & closing properly ? I presume I just follow the upper rad hose (from the rad) until I get to the thermostat. Is this correct in a 2000 Town&Country ?

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Your fan relay may be stuck closed too. These things are problematic on Chrysler products, and you are fortunate, if it failed closed, that it failed closed.

When the one on my Jeep failed, it failed closed and ran the battery down. Then when I jumped it to start it, the relay failed all together, open, so I didn't have any fan, and I got close to being way over heated before I could get home.

As for "could it be my thermostat?", thermostats generally fail closed, not open. The bimetal closes the stat as it cools, and only allows it to open as far as needed to maintain temperature.

I would be looking at the fan relay.

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This is the Thermostat Causing this and Yes you are Correct on the Location of it. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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