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Re: the temperature gage is slow rising like it normally...
Sounds to me like you have a bad thermostat. If you know how to change it you can give it a shot. If you dont know what I'm talking about, take your car in to a mechanic and tell em to have a look at your thermostat.
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If the auxilary fan is working it will help keep the radiator cooler but only if the ac/or defrost is on. Is the radiator fan coming on when it is suppose to? Have seen issues with fan switches on these which control the radiator fan.There are 2 fan switches on the driverside of the of the head one sits horizontal and the vertical.The ones I have experienced the most issues with are the horizontal ones not signaling to turn the hi speed fan on when it is needed.
The next thing to do is to observe the car as it idles for 10 minutes to ensure the electric radiator fan is coming on if not replace the fan relay if that doesn't work replace the coolant temp. sensor that activates the relay that activates the fan after that ti can only be the fan itself that is if the fan is not coming on.
The outdoor temp sensor is just inside the grill when you opent the hood. The part cost around $76 and kind of looks like a electrical plug receptacle. There are little clips holding the old one in that need to be held apart to dislodge it, slip the new one in, and you're done. Took about 5 minutes.
A "check gage light" typically indicates a faulty reading on one of the gages located on your instrument cluster. After starting your vehicle, observe your instrument cluster if one of the indicator needles on the instrument cluster remains all the way to the left or "pegs" out all the way to the right, it may be the cause of your fault. The exception is the coolant temperature gage it will take 10 to 15 minutes after which the needle should rise to a normal position. Correcting the "faulty gage light" will depend on which gage is malfunctioning. Once you have figured out which gage is causing the check gage light to illuminate, then we can proceed to correcting the problem causing it.
It is normal for the fan to cycle between on and off even though the temperature gage reads normal.
Anytime the coolant temperature rises by approximately 10 degrees above the normal operating temperature the fan cycles on but you won't notice the gage show that small of an increase.