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Temperatue gauge needle position

I have a 96 taurus 24 valve duratech.when i bought car 3 years ago temp needle hardly came off the c mark and car ran great. i recently had water pump and thermostat replaced. now the needle rises to halfway and floats inbetween three quarters and half at idle. when driving at highway speeds 55 to 75 it stays between halfway and a quarter of the way due to air flow i imagine.fans all work. radiator has been flushed about a year ago .i think its running hotter than it used to.so where should the temp needle be resting at normal operating conditions

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If the fan kicks in when you are at idle then all is well

They may have replaced a thermostat with a higher temperature version than the last one or that one was jammed open in which case the engine would take a long time to get hot.

Most cars gauges hover around the centre mark of the gauge

Very important that the fans are working so it is really critical that you make sure that it is running when the needle climbs to above the half way mark.

This should happen when the car is stationary

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180 degrees. Usually the middle.

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