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Dash Temp Gauge reading extremely hot

My temperature gauge is showing that my engine is running extremely hot. The radiator is full of water, the water pump seems to be functioning properly, because I can see waterflow through the radiator with the cap off, and after about a 45 minute drive this afternoon (in 90 degree heat), the radiator cap was pretty much cool to the touch.
The temp gauge won't drop below the red, and it does move when I rev the engine.
I'm sure my water temperature is not that hot. I know what an overheated engine does, and this engine is not running poorly and there is no coolant overflowing from the radiator.
Is there a sensor that feeds the temperature gauge? I need to know how to get started.

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    i have a new water cooled scooter 250 cc the tem gauge very hot i,m told by the garage is running perfect what do i do?

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I had an issue with my 95 taurus and we ended up having to replace the thermometer

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You need to pressure test the cooling system. If it holds pressure, I would look at replacing the water temp. sensor. If it doesn't hold pressure, you have a coolant leak going on. If you don't see it dripping on the ground or inside the car, I would be suspecting head gasket problem.

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    Ruby Jun 25, 2014

    where is the water temp sensor located?

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