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My 2001 f250 w/ deisel engine temperature gauge shows hot when i am pulling a trailer, but when i stop open the hood and spray radiator w/ water it dosent smell hot and i can take cap off shortly after spraying w/ alittle water and it dosnt boil over and i cant see it circulating

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It sounds as if you have a fan clutch that needs to be replaced

Posted on Jul 28, 2010

  • William Dixon Sep 18, 2010

    if you dont see water moving in that big 4 roll radiator, then your water pump could be weak, or your thermostat could be not flowing properly, those are way cheaper to replace than a clutch fan,

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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.

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If i just put water and no coolant could this make my car over heat


No your car will not overheat, but it is advisable to my 50% coolant on the water to prevent deposits of rust and other debris that may affect the effectiveness of the cooling system.

Mar 26, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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On a 2000 toyota celica gt, the engine will overheat when driving only, what can cause this?


Have you checked the engine temperature when the gauge shows fully high if it is true message and not lying and the problem is the temperature gauge? Since this happened stop the car open the bonnet touch the radiator hoses and even with off running engine touch the vents of the radiator to all surface and see it the temperature is everywhere the same.

Sep 15, 2012 | 2001 Toyota Celica

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98 F250 heat gauge in red, engine slows down, coolant level steady, rad cool. Had new head gaskets and head planed last Sept. new fan & water pump. What can be wrong?


I am a little confused here, you say the temperature gage is in the red but the engine is only at 140-160? Is that Fahrenheit?

Jul 25, 2017 | Ford Cars & Trucks

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How do i put water in my radiator?


you need to replace thermostat and radiator cap.look under hood around engine compartment.look for a radiator cap near radiator,add 50/50 antifreeze and water to coolant system to bring up boiling point.pure water will cause engine run hotter because water evaporate away,remove radiator pour coolant in the radiator until coolant stop dropping in the radiator now some vechicle pour coolant in the coolant overflow jug,pour coolant until coolant level stop dropping and the coolant level stay at cold full mark.start engie let idle few minutes, watch coolant level in radiator if coolant start dropping add more coolant, when coolant level stop dropping put radiator cap back on let engine idle until both top radaitor hose and bottom coolant hose get warm turn off engine wait until it get cool then take a large rag slightly open radiator just a litle at a time to keep from getting scaled.once radiator remove add more coolant if low,put radiator cap back on start the engine let it idle watch the temp gauge if temperature gauge going hot zone stop engine wait until cool then add more coolant,keep doing this until engine stop overheating going into hot zone and coolant level stop dropping,make the coolant overflow jug coolant level stay at full cold mark, dont let jug run empty if so air will get in the coolant system causing engine to overheat.

Jul 22, 2012 | 2000 Plymouth Breeze

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My 1998 stalled the oil pressure went up and it stated to overheat


Please follow the below instructions to cool down the overheat.

1 Turn off the engine.
2 Wait. If the engine is steaming, don't open the hood.
3 Pull the hood release lever under the dashboard to open the hood when the car has cooled completely.
4 Walk around the front of the car, reach under the hood, find the latch and squeeze it. As you squeeze the latch, pull up and open the hood.
5 Check the coolant reservoir tank first. It's a plastic jug that has a small hose running to the radiator. The reservoir can be filled when the engine is hot (except on German and Swedish cars, the plastic reservoir is also under pressure, so don't open when the engine is hot).
6 Open the radiator cap with a rag. Remember: open it only after the engine has completely cooled. If you're not sure, don't open the cap. If you open the cap while it's still warm, you may burn yourself with steam or hot coolant. Open the cap slowly, as if you were opening a bottle of soda that has been shaken up.
7 Examine the radiator. Look inside and see if there's coolant left. If needed, fill to the top of the radiator.
8 Put the radiator cap back on.
9 Check to see that the upper or lower radiator hose, or any of the heater hoses, hasn't burst.
10 Restart the engine.
11 Watch the temperature gauge obsessively. Don't let the needle go into the red. Turn off the engine if the gauge approaches the red zone.
12 Understand that you can continue driving a high-temperature vehicle if you're far from a phone or a service station and the car does not need coolant (or does not respond to these instructions). However, drive only as long as you stop and turn off the engine whenever the gauge gets close to the red, and let the engine cool down until you drive again. This may take a long time, but it probably beats walking.
THanks.

Apr 02, 2012 | 2004 Mercury Mountaineer

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The radiator was emptied out and i want to add antifreeze and water? there are 2 areas that say antifreeze goes here?


  • One is the radiator and the other is an overflow tank. Sometimes anti freeze will back pressure a bit and need somewhere to go and other times the antifreeze gets low in the radiator. That is the purpose of the radiator.
  • Put the antifreeze in the radiator fist and then add to the reservoir. Pay attention to the cold/hot level fill on the overfill tank.
  • You need to find out where all that antifreeze went to if the radiator was empth. Pull the dipstick and look for a chocolate milk look on the oil. This would be a head gasket or a cracked head.
  • Otherwise keep an eye out for a leak and repair it soon.
  • Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa.

Regards, Tony

Jun 15, 2011 | Ford F-250 Cars & Trucks

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2000 dodge caravan 3.3L is over heating


Hello, If your car overheats and damages the engine, you have no one to blame but yourself. Keep your eyes on the temperature gauge and never let the needle move into the red. Pull over before it gets too hot. And to resolve this follow this steps:

1. Turn off the engine.

2. Wait. If the engine is steaming, don't open the hood.

3. Pull the hood release lever under the dashboard to open the hood when the car has cooled completely.

4. Walk around the front of the car, reach under the hood, find the latch and squeeze it. As you squeeze the latch, pull up and open the hood.

5. Check the coolant reservoir tank first. It's a plastic jug that has a small hose running to the radiator. The reservoir can be filled when the engine is hot (except on German and Swedish cars, the plastic reservoir is also under pressure, so don't open when the engine is hot).

6. Open the radiator cap with a rag. Remember: open it only after the engine has completely cooled. If you're not sure, don't open the cap. If you open the cap while it's still warm, you may burn yourself with steam or hot coolant. Open the cap slowly, as if you were opening a bottle of soda that has been shaken up.

7. Examine the radiator. Look inside and see if there's coolant left. If needed, fill to the top of the radiator.

8. Put the radiator cap back on.


9. Check to see that the upper or lower radiator hose, or any of the heater hoses, hasn't burst.

10. Restart the engine.

11. Watch the temperature gauge obsessively. Don't let the needle go into the red. Turn off the engine if the gauge approaches the red zone.
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Jul 20, 2010 | 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan

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The temp gauge is showing hot but the water in the rateator is'nt hot


If the gauge shows hot within the first 30 seconds of starting your car in the morning, you probably have an electrical short in your temperature sensor. This may be located on the engine block or on the radiator. If you can locate it, you might try to disconnect the electrical connector to it and see if the gauge stops indicating hot. If so, you might just buy and install a new temperature gauge sensor (you will need to drain the antifreeze from the radiator (and later replace/reuse it) using the finger-turned draincock at the bottom of the radiator, and should only do this when the engine is actually cold - check the temperature of the radiator cap and squeeze the radiator hoses to see that they are not pressurized, then if cold, remove the radiator cap, place a container below the drain and open the drain). Use teflon tape to wrap the threads of the sensor (in the opposite direction you would screw it in) before installing. Be aware that radiator fluid is toxic if injested by pets or people.

May 20, 2010 | 2000 Buick Century

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2004 F-250 TURBO DEISEL OVER-HEATING PROBLEM


Pls Check....

Fan Belt For slip
Thermostat Valve
Radiator Cap
Water Pump
Radiator Blocks

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