how hot should it be under the hood of your car when you raise the hood on 1999 Plymouth Breeze

I went out for a ten minute drive I been checking my car for about 3 days now and It seem hot under my hood I changed my thermost and my fuse to my fan now its working. I did just get a new starter , my car is not leaking coolant, there no white smoke, the temperture is normal. Do you think its my radiator or temperture sensor or what do you think oh 1 more question does your water pump have to be leaking water for it to be in bad shape?

by in San Francisco, CA on October 01, 2012
2 answers 5 comments
ANSWER by on October 01, 2012
All engine compartments get hot. Even hotter after stopping car and heat builds up. What does temp. gauge read?
COMMENT by on October 01, 2012
its alittle below the half mark where its suppose to be
COMMENT by on October 01, 2012
THEN IT IS PROB. NORMAL ENGINE COMPARTMENT TEMP. THEY ALL DO THAT.
COMMENT by on October 01, 2012
ok
COMMENT by on October 03, 2012
I agree with wetry on temp. question. To answer other part of question- no the water pump does not have to be leaking in order to be faulty. If the cooling system has not been serviced properly the impeller (fan blade-like thingy that actually pumps the coolant) may rust/rot over time becoming less effective.
COMMENT by on October 03, 2012
OK THANKS
ANSWER by on September 15, 2013
when was the last time you had your system flushed out? If its been a while or you haven't, either buy a flush kit or have it done at the garage.