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Overheating on a 2003 mitsu outlander

I am not completely sure that the car is close to overheating but here is what has been happening. While driving the car it does not happen but when I am idling for any period of time or stuck in traffic the temp gauge will rise rather rapidly. Once I get the revs up to about 2000 for 10-15 seconds the temp gauge drops. I have changed the thermostat but that did not fix the problem.
Can anyone help diagnose this problem,

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  • Anonymous Jul 16, 2008

    Your need your air controller fan replaced. It is a recall item on the 2003. I had the same problem had the recall done no more problem

  • jmtoepper Aug 12, 2008

    I have the same problem with overheating while sitting in traffic but not while driving. I thought it was an a/c problem but the most recent time it happened I did not have the a/c on. I was sitting in traffic and smelled something burning. I looked down and my temp gauge was rapidly rising. I had to sit on the side of the road for an hour to let traffic die down and let the car cool off before I ventured out again.

    I have had my fan relay replaced twice and it solved the a/c problem but not this one.


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The dealer replaced the radiator fan controller twice- said there was a second recall.

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I have the same problem. Did you fix it?
Please, let me know what happened.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

I recently have had the same problem (overheating while idling)and had the recall done a few years ago so I am stumped.

Going to call the dealership tomorrow.

Posted on Aug 24, 2008

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