why do i feel like my car engine is hotter then normal on 2000 Dodge Caravan

ok my raditor was leaking so i replaced it my temper needle was lightly before the half mark at that point but the engine seem pretty hot when i lifted the hood after driving for about 15 minutes ,unfortually the new raditor was defective and the needle is still at the same place but the engine feel hot when i put my hand over the engine when i get home after a 15 mintue drive. Is this normal for the van engine to feel heat coming from it after you park it, can my themostat be broke even if it read normal?

by in San Francisco, CA on December 10, 2012
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ANSWER by on December 10, 2012
yes, it is normal to feel hot after driving 15 minutes
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ANSWER by on December 10, 2012
Are the cooling fans working when they're supposed to? Thermostat is in engine , temp. guage is on dash guage cluster . Might be a good time to have a proffessional check for you , might save some money and aggravation.
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