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2002 Mitsubishi Galant Question: temperature gauge

 

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rteagle, 3.0L V6, Newark, DE, May 30, 2011, 12:09
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This problem started about two months ago. When you start the car, the temp gauge goes to about 1/2 between hot and cold. When you first accelerate it is okay for awhile and then it creeps up a little. The temp will start to creep up when you are idling and comes down again a little when you start to drive. The car has been in the shop 3 times for this same problem. It has a new radiator, water pump, hoses, the sensors have been checked and it has a new thermostat. Any idea what the problem could be?

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    mastertech6371 May 30, 2011, 13:23
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    to be honest, it sounds normal to me. when idling, it will heat up, then the fan will kick on and drop the temp.
    normal running is about 1/2 between cold and normal. under a load, it may heat up a little but fans will turn on and cool it back down.

    did this just start?? has it overheated?? is this a change from the past??

    Roy

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    rteagle, May 30, 2011, 13:34
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    I'm. sorry. I guess I forgot to indicate that the car runs hot. Iss it normal to go straight to 1/2 when you first start it and then less than mins be up to between 1/2 and 3/4 hot? The fans also work.

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    mastertech6371, May 30, 2011, 13:38
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    ok, makes sense. i suggest you get a cylinder leak down check on the cylinders to verify that you are not burning coolant from a head gasket or cracked head. i would start there to verify your motor is in good shape.

    Roy

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    rteagle, May 30, 2011, 14:14
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    OK. That, too, has been done. That's why it is so odd that it has not been able to be repaired yet. I guess I will have to get a diagnostic.

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    mastertech6371, May 30, 2011, 14:27
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    that would be a good idea. have you had it to a shop?? if so, i suggest another shop with another opinion.

    Roy

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    rteagle, May 30, 2011, 14:58
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    It has been in the shop 4 times for the same thing. Hopefully the diagnostic will give us a positive answer.
    Thanks for your help.

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