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My cars heat gauge keeps going up to the hot section, but I don't think the car is actually overheating, I can't smell anything or hear the radiator boiling.

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    yadayada May 18, 2011

    Always assume the engine is overheating, if it is and you ignore it then you will be buying a head gasket job to the tune of about $1500.00, and maybe an engine, $4000.00. Get it checked.

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You can start your car use a temperature Gage the wife might have one that showes the temp.
match it to your temp Gage if its lower than the actual temperature you need a temperature sending unit you might want to check to see at what temp the fan comes on and off if that's not working you need a temperature censor switch


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Check the real value of the temperature sensor with a scan tool. Compare it withe the value in the gauge. It can be a defective temperature sensor or a damaged gauge...or else the car is really overheating

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