Temperature Gauge on 2003 Chrysler Town & Country

I have 112K miles on the odometer. The temperature gauge will read hot. I will stop and turn off the van for about 2 minutes, then restart the van and the temp. gauge will come down to normal. The van will not blow any hot air. I'll drive a few miles then the temp. gauge will climb to hot again and I will have to stop and turn off the van, but only for a couple minutes sometimes I can turn it off then back on in less time and the temp gauge will come down to normal but only for a few minutes or so. I have to do this a couple times to get home. I have checked the water level in the radiator and I do have to add coolent. But, the van still will not blow any heat, even after topping off the coolent. What could be causing this?

by in New Castle, PA on March 02, 2009
1 answer
ANSWER by , March 02, 2009
Sounds like you might have a problem with your thermostat. I would recommend bringing it to a shop for cooling system diagnostics. If the vehicle is overheating it can cause major engine damage. Thermostats generally are not to spendy to replace.