An engine overheating condition may develop due to a failed radiator cooling fan controller. The failed controller should be replaced to correct this issue.
Average mileage: 124,912 (65,000–192,987)
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Exactly the same thing here, overheats when idling, cools down when accelerate. Noticed when black smoke started coming from under the hood while picking my son up from school. The coolant container got so hot it blew the lid off and all the coolant needed up on the ground. Melted some plastic around the battery casing. I turned off the ignition just in time. Towed it to a shop, they replaced the fans and thermostat, seemed to be ok for a week or so. The problem has returned, but now AC is blowing hot air too. Checked everything else for damages, leaks, malfunctioning, everything is in great condition. Now even a quick drive-through or an idle at the red light are enough to overheat the engine.
Did the recall and honestly I didn't check to see if the fans worked afterwords, but did notice A/C still didn't blow cold, wasn't big deal was winter time anyways. My radiator blew and I'm finding myself having to change it and thermostat "better safe than sorry", as I may as well since I'll have it all torn down. Heading back to dealer to question the change in controller, due to recall. This is getting a bit tiresome and expensive.