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Only on a long drive the car begins to heat up ! after about 25 miles going 70mph car reaches half on the heat meter ... when there is traffic after about 25miles car get above half and even close to red!

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You'll probably just have a car that slowly heats up, not a problem at all, as for the overheating, it could be due to low coolant, or check your radiator fan is working to cool the engine down.

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My mind won't figure this out. I'm going 2500 miles from TN to WA. If I drive 12-14 hours a day how long do you think it would take me to get there?

It will take 33±1 hours of driving time.
But I would budget for 25% due to traffic and weather conditions.
leave alone the time for sleep, food, bio breaks etc

Nov 12, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Position of the temperature sensor

This is a normal condition for this model and many more. There maybe an issue with your engine oil or coolant systems. If you can flush the radiator & coolant system clean on next service & replace with a fresh quality brand of new coolant then you may have solved some of the problem. The other is if your rad fans are kicking in enough or at all. So do a stationary check in your garage. let the engine warm up on idle. Then when it reaches a heat that will kick in the fans check what the Temp-gauge is reading & make a note.
You may have a weak oil pump or water pump. Check the pumps records & see if they are newish or first day. Water circulation is very important in a cars system. So in slow traffic the engine is running at low rev's & gets hot due to slow air speed through the rad. So the water pump is there to keep the pressure up at all times. It could be the No:- problem with your car.
After that get an engine oil pressure test done & compare with the results data spec-sheets from its manual.

Jun 02, 2014 | 2003 Saturn VUE

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Temp gauge stays cold

If the thermostat is bad (i.e. stuck open at all times), this would allow coolant to circulate in the engine even when it is below the desired operating temperature. This leads to OVERcooling of the engine. You can either replace the thermostat as a first step or remove it and test it -- closed when cold, open when heated above 190-200F.

Jan 30, 2014 | Chevrolet Malibu Cars & Trucks

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I drive a 2006 dts which i've had for 1 year. A week after I had the car the temperature gauge went to red when I was in traffic. I took it to cadillac, they replaced the engine,radiator and hoses

Temp is going up, well that doesn't mean anything unless it actually overheats, in traffic it can reach 240 F and present no danger of engine damage. If this is not the case DO NOT DRIVE THIS UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS FOUND AND REPAIRED UNLESS YOU WANT TO BUY ANOTHER ENGINE JOB.

Aug 23, 2012 | 2006 Cadillac DTS

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No heat when stopped for traffic

1-your thermostate is stuck open half way. thermostate is a simple device that made of enlarging metals when heat is applied. it suposed to be in close position to allow engine heat up, when specified temp reached it opens and let it flow and radiator tries to keep coolant cool.when it is broken it stucks or it acts slow or it wont acts at all. in your situation it is stuck open half way. it allows enough water to be heated but flow is limited to heat cabin heater.

2-if there are cabin heater selenoid/selenoids for two different temperature for cabin left and right, on some instance those selenoid valves to adjust cabin heater stuck open or closed like thermostate acts on first case. so heat is not enough to heat up cabin heater.

Nov 18, 2011 | 2005 Chrysler Sebring Conv

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How long after i reset codes cleared do i have to drive it before i go to emmissions

Hello, as I was taught, it can take 10 miles before your engine relearns its proper settings. I would try to get on an Expressway where you can drive steady at a high rate of speed and give the Catalytic converter a chance to heat up and clear itself.

Myself, I would be comfortable with a half hour drive at Expressway speeds. This would be 25 to 35 miles.

Jan 06, 2011 | 2001 Ford Focus

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My 1997 Subaru Outback Legacy Limited started jerking when in Drive- between first and 2nd gears. I then started driving in 2nd / 3rd, then drive. When in traffic very long time, would not engage at all...

Sounds like the transmission has reached the end of service life. I have a 93 that did the same thing. It would drive until the transmission heated up then nothing, except for reverse. I had a TRW rebuild transmission installed and now my 93 Legacy has 500,000 miles. $2,200 to repair vs $25,000 to replace. The only thing you would miss is the new car smell for a few weeks. But you can keep $20,000 plus.

Nov 16, 2009 | 1992 Subaru Legacy

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