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I borrowed a friends car (2002 Thunderbird). The coolant gauge spikes from acceptable range up to hot "H", red light comes on for about 20 sec and then turns off and gauge goes back to normal. I checked the coolant reservior and it seems to be within the acceptable level. What could this be? The coolant reservior does not look like it holds very much coolant yet when I looked in the auto store it seems like the standard coolant is about a gallon. How much coolant should the reservior hold. Is this just a sticky gauge?

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What you are describing sounds like there is air in the cooling system-Start the engine when it is cold with the cap off of the overflow and turn the heater up to full blast-make sure there is coolant in the reservoir, and keep an eye on the gauge, At the point where the thermostat opens, the level in the overflow should drop-top off the overflow filling to the 'full hot' mark on the side of the tank. Put the cap back on and drive it, watching the gauge. If you still have issues, you may have a problem with a malfunctioning thermostat. If it is alright after doing this, make it a point to check the level when it is cold again later to be sure the coolant tank is up to the 'fill cold' line.

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