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Temp gauge never reads hot when you shut the

Temp gauge never reads hot, when you shut the vehicle off it leaks two to three cups of coolant very rapidly why?
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Where is it leaking from.may have bad radiator cap

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Changed out water pump and thermostat and vehicle runs high temperature what could be issue?


Reasons the Temperature Gauge Reads High

If the temperature gauge reads high, it could mean your engine is overheating. Another reason your reading might be high is you could be losing coolant. A small leak or evaporation may cause your radiator to slowly lose coolant. A third reason your temperature gauge reads high could be because the thermostat is broken. If this is the case, you may need a coolant temperature switch replacement. The last reason the temperature gauge could read high is because of a water pump, or water pump gasket failure. If the water pump is malfunctioning, it may need to be replaced by a professional.

What to Do If Your Temperature Gauge is High

If your temperature gauge is reading high, it means your car is overheating. This is a very serious matter and you should never drive an overheating car. If your car starts to overheat, shut off the air conditioner and open the windows immediately. If this does not reduce the overheating, turn on the heater as high as it can go. If this still doesn't work, pull over on the side of the road, turn off the engine, open the hood carefully, and wait until the vehicle cools down. Never open the radiator cap while the engine is hot - coolant can spray and burn you. Once the vehicle has cooled, take the car to a mechanic right away so they can diagnose the problem. Cars are especially susceptible to overheating in hot climates, like what's common in cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, or Atlanta.
The temperature gauge is an important tool in your vehicle that shows the temperature of your engine's coolant. Contact YourMechanic and have your car inspected for overheating if it reads too high, as this can cause serious problems...

Reasons the Temperature Gauge Reads Cold

On most vehicles, the temperature gauge reads cold until the engine has run for a few minutes. If the temperature gauge still reads cold after the engine has warmed up, the gauge may simply be broken. Another reason the temperature gauge could read cold is if the thermostat in the vehicle stays open. With the thermostat stuck open, the engine can be overcooled, causing a low temperature reading. If this is the case, the thermostat may need to be replaced.

Oct 28, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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2001 chevy malibu temp gauge stopped working.. car didn't run hot but coolant was also empty. But saw a signs of a leak. Replaced coolant and after 20 mins.. gauge worked again.. not sure if it was a...


With no Hot Coolant going past the Sensor, you get a false reading.
Low coolant is why the sensor wasnot telling you the engine was running hot.

Oct 03, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Does this sound like a sensor problem?


I think you correct in thinking the sending unit is bad, this is a common problem. if the temp gauge reads hot and the engine is running normal and there is no coolant overflowing onto the ground and the radidator is full then i would have to say that the car is not really overheating but rather the sending unit is bad, i would replace the unit and go from there. these trucks run up to above the three quater mark on the gauge at times before the cooling fans are turned on by the computer. hope this is helpful.

Nov 12, 2011 | 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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My 1998 expedition overheated yesterday (gauges did not indicate hot). It smoked and when it cooled down I put coolant in and today when I went to drive it was not wanting to accelerate and the rpm dial...


The reason it did not read hot, on your temp. gauge, is cause your temp. sensor read's coolant or water temp only, not air, if cooling system is empty, coolant temp. sensor will not read, like an air temp. sensor well, more the likely there could be a coolant leak for cooling system to be empty, also could have damage your cylinder's head's, need to have a block test and cylinder compression test done to fine out if head's are damage.

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Temp. gauge reads high some times. but the motor really isnt hot


It sounds like the coolant temperature sensor is beginning to fail. It is highly unlikely that the in-dash gauge is a problem. The coolant temp sensor inputs to the computer affecting everything from radiator fan speed, engine fuel/air calibration and a variety of other parameters.

Be absolutely certain to "burp" every bubble of atmosphere from the coolant system too. Air bubbles have the amazing ability to prevent coolant flow and will cause all sorts of problems, especially if the bubble wants to hang around the temperature sensor location.

Normal operating temperature is going to be around 210 F.

Most Autozone, Advance locations will read engine problem codes at no charge, so drop by one of those locations and let them read the problem code.

My guess will be the coolant temperature sensor. Then have the problem code reset, remove all air from the coolant and let us know how this worked.

Mar 11, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Impala

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My honda accord wagon smells hot i stop running car, ther,s no leaks do i need a termostat?


You may have a bad thermostat or a weak water pump or a clogged radiator. Smell does not indicate if its hot. The gauge or coolant light might suggest its getting hot. You may have a fuel control issue that is overheating the catalytic converter which would smell or an oil leak that is dripping onto a hot surface causing a smell. You may have a real small coolant leak that you cant see that could cause this also.

Sep 09, 2009 | 1995 Honda Accord

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Tempeture gauge


this is one of three posabilitys or it could be the guage or the wirring to the guage

Oct 19, 2008 | 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette

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