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2000 Mazda Millenia

Overheating

(2000 Mazda Millenia)
After driving 10-15 minutes in town, the gauge registers 3/4 hot and the car smells hot. I've had the thermostat and water pump changed, and 3 mechanics have not found anything else wrong. The gauge registers normal when driving on the interstate. Any ideas of what it could be?
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on January 05, 2011
Is the engine cooling fan working? If the fan is not working properly you will not get enough air flow in town.
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on January 06, 2011
Yes, both fans are working properly, according to the mechanics. Also the radiator was replaced 20,000 miles ago.
on January 06, 2011
I would recommend an opinion from another qualified shop.

If you have issues around town, but not at higher speeds, it would seem that air flow is at issue. That's why I weent with cooling fans. I still think your fans may not be coming on when driving around town. They may come on for other reasons (such as with the AC on), but maybe not when the engine is getting hot around town.

Could be other things too, but without checking it first hand it's tough to guess.
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on January 05, 2011
Is the engine cooling fan working? If the fan is not working properly you will not get enough air flow in town.
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on January 06, 2011
Yes, both fans are working properly, according to the mechanics. Also the radiator was replaced 20,000 miles ago.
on January 06, 2011
I would recommend an opinion from another qualified shop.

If you have issues around town, but not at higher speeds, it would seem that air flow is at issue. That's why I weent with cooling fans. I still think your fans may not be coming on when driving around town. They may come on for other reasons (such as with the AC on), but maybe not when the engine is getting hot around town.

Could be other things too, but without checking it first hand it's tough to guess.

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