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I just bought a 96 mark, message center reads low engine coolant but heat gage remains normal. coolant not low. doesn't seem to hurt anything, just annoying. low coolant sensor location?

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Silly question, but have you looked inside the radiator? I asked becuse often coolant is checked by looking inside the coolant overflow reservoir. Sometimes the ovrflow reservoir will look like the coolant is normal, when it's low in the radiator.

Here's a link which will give you more info.


http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f53/low-coolant-sensor-location-53810/

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