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Temperature Gauge Hot on Cold Start?

I own a 1993 volvo 960 wagon and on a cold start the needle moves toward hot. i drive short trips and the needle stays to the right and my radiator fan is on constantly. What could be causing this?

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  • ed_el482 Jul 01, 2009

    What about getting a temperature compensating board?

  • ed_el482 Jul 01, 2009

    What about getting a temperature compensating board?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    defective head gaskets

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Temperature gauge move to red and stay there when start and while driving ,

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It probably needs a thermostat check coolant fluid level make sure it has enough coolant then replace thermostat make sure antifreeze has a 50% water 50% antifreeze mixture.

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However, much depends on the distance you are driving. On a very short trip(s) your needle is unlikely to get much above cold on the gauge. That's because an engine needs a minimum of 5 miles before the thermostat begins to open to allow coolant to circulate, and 10 miles before your engine is getting to 'normal operating temperature'.

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