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Unread 11-14-2011, 07:00 AM
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My temp gauge sometimes will go one notch above 195 degree mark and was wondering if this is normal? The reason I am wondering is that I am going to be making a 350 mile trip next week to have thanksgiving up in maine and was wondering if I should worry about it this car has not overheated since I bought it 2 years ago or before and the coolant has not been changed at least for the 2 years I have had to my knowledge. Is there anything I should worry about?
which I suspect would be 205?
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Perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.
If your temp hits around 210, I believe, your fan should kick on.
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Perfectly normal and nothing to worry about.
If your temp hits around 210, I believe, your fan should kick on.
I just wanted to be sure because I have a 350 mile trip ahead of me next week and would rather be safe then sorry that's for sure. Also bought some straight Prestone DexCool in Gallon jug to mix with gallon of water so I will have 2 Gallons of antifreeze just in case.
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My car has gotten 3/4 the way up and still been fine. The fan kicks on and cools it back down. Happened numerous times on a 600 mile trip.
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My gas guage has always been whacky ,spins around then will go normal after a while but now occasionally the temp will get whacky like that too. The cluster om mine needs to be replaced and I see alot of similars on YOUTUBE.COM. Good thin I get the check guages on low fuel or I would get stranded. Not much of a reserve in tank. I would nt be surprised if it is just a false warning.
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yeah I don't do a lot of over 50mph driving and only usually go on long trips once a year maybe 2 at the most which I would consider over a 100 miles one way. The Only Long trips i've recently done were to pick up my cousin at his girlfriends house or his friends house which is about 42 miles one way and it usually doesn't go above the next notch up from 195 on the temp gauge. I put a lot of miles on very quick that way because I only just changed the oil a month ago at 80,775 miles and now have put on over 2,000 miles on since then and it's all been driving back and forth to pick up or drop off My cousin.
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Keep in mind, in town your engine will run hotter. This is due to less air flow. So the fan will kick on. Highway you have alot of airflow and the fan should not come on. Unless your really working the engine which you should not be able to do, or atleast not easily.
So in town it can be very normal to have normal temps. Then say on a weekend when you run all over town all day and the car does not have time to cool down. The temp will raise enough for the fan to come on, and raise the temp guage above "normal".
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Yeah thats what I figured because normally I am only driving 10, 12 miles or so one way to work through a very small city and also not long enough for my oil or anything to really warm up.

I also get the yellow stuff only on the underneath my oil cap which is also my dipstick, for some reason though mine is bright yellow not milky or anything I mean as yellow as a school bus maybe more so. But I know that is because of my very short trips though.
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Sounds like you may have other issues. You should be getting warm enough to burn that off. Moisture collection from condensation really dosen't take alot to burn off.
How long has your oil cap been like that and what color is the oil?
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Sounds like you may have other issues. You should be getting warm enough to burn that off. Moisture collection from condensation really dosen't take alot to burn off.
How long has your oil cap been like that and what color is the oil?
I don't know for sure but I do know that my oil drain plug needs a new gasket. would that cause it cause it seems like it kind of become a brighter yellow after that?
I do know I have not been losing any coolant. Cause I check all fluids very vigorously.
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