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First remove the cable that goes to the temp sender unit, if the gauge still reads hot there is a short to earth in the cable, if it now reads cool test the sender unit, with a ohms meter and a cool engine take a reading from the unit terminal to earth and record reading, take a reading at running temp and compare , the first reading should be much higher then the hot reading if not replace the unit.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It actually sounds to me like you're low on coolant. My Jeep leaks coolant and whenever it gets low the temp gauge will go real high and then drop, and the heater doesn't work well. This is because the cooling system of your car is supposed to be a closed system, full of coolant and no air. When coolant leaks out, the space it used to occupy is now occupied by air, which does not transfer heat well. When 'air' is passing through your cooling system, no heat can be transferred from your engine to the heater and radiator, resulting in a hot engine and no heat at the heater. Then when a pocket of water passes through the system, the temperature gauge quickly falls as the water absorbs the heat from the engine. The hot water that cools the engine is where the heater gets it's heat from as well, so when water passes through the heater core, the heater works, but when it's filled with air, it doesn't.
Hot water runs through the heater core regardless of whether or not your thermostat is open or closed. That's why your heater works in the winter even before the engine is at normal operating temperature. The fact that the heater stops working is a good sign that the thermostat is probably not the culprit.
As for the water pump. If the water pump was bad, your temp gauge would go into the red and stay there. Water pumps generally don't work intermittently. Either it's good and ot works, or it's bad and it doesn't.
However, if you are in fact low on water, as I suspect, it means you probably have a leak somewhere. The leak could be in the water pump housing gasket, so depending on where you take it for repairs, they may try to sell you a new water pump anyhow. So just beware of that.
Posted on Feb 12, 2009
I think you could be right about there being air trapped in the system.
Or the heater core(radiator) is plugged.
Either way you need a pressurized radiator coolant pump to put the coolant in without air being trapped.
Although,i have seen it done by jacking the vehicle up high enough that the radiator was now higher than the heater core level, and then the coolant was put in.
But this is dangerous to try.
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
That is very possible.Your radiator could also be plugged,You water pump could be could be giving out or the head gaskets are bad..Those are all worse case scenario's But yes the thermostat could be the problem..I'd start with that then make sure your clutch is working properly..Hope this helps you and have a great day
Posted on Apr 02, 2009
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