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I just had a new radiator and thermostat put on my 1996 Nissan Altima. The temps here in SoCal are in 90's. My temp gauge keeps going up past the 1/2 mark. What is happening? I can't afford to break down on the way to work again. PLEASE HELP!!! Thank you, Debbie

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Maybe theres an air pocket in the coolant system, which should have been removed when they or who replaced the thermostat and radiator. but then are you sure the radiator fan is coming on when the temp. guage is going above middle range?you should be hearing it, or if looking at it, see it on when the temp. guage is above normal temperature.. jusy to be sure, check your fuses under the hood in the black box . you also have fan relays there in that box for the fan. i'm hoping this helps you!!

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If the shop installed a different thermostat (there are different actuation temperatures), the normal position of your gage will change accordingly. As long as it's still in the normal range and stays at a new "normal" level, I'd say you're OK. If it is getting too close to the red, ask them to reinstall a lower temp thermostat.

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