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Water temp gauge going into RED

I have a 2000 ZX3, about 3 weeks ago I had the AC charged, they put the dye in to see if there is a leak etc. Since then the water temp. gauge in the dash, goes to the red while my car is idling, When I drive the car it starts to level back out, but is not going into the red and past. I checked to see if the coolant was low, or if there were any leaks that could be seen, nothing. I have about 96,000 miles. I replaced the water pump, I have never replaced the thermostat or had my radiator flushed. What would you recommend? Is there anything I can do on my own.

thank you very much for any assistance

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  • Loop19ant Jul 17, 2008

    It was the thermostat, I replaced it. Thank you

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The ac work that you had done wont do that,start the car ,let it run for a little bit,with a glove on,or a rag squeeze the top radiator hose ,once its full of pressure,when you see the fan go on it should make the hose soft,meaning the thermostat opened,if not change the thermostat,if the fans go on and your thermostats open,you have to have the radiator

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  • derek martin Jul 11, 2008

    recored which is cheaper than buying new,but you have to bring radiator to radiator shop,a mechanic will only replace a radiator with new,but radiator shop will recore for cheaper

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