2001 Sebring Temp gauge fluctuations

Discussion in 'Sebring' started by casey_rf, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. casey_rf

    casey_rf Guest

    I have a 2001 Sebring and often, when I am setting at a redlight, my
    temp gaugue will go from about 1/2 way to 3/4 of the way to hot. When
    I start going again, the gauge comes back down. I have had my car in
    the shop at least 4 times to see if they can find a problem, but my
    thermostat and fans work correctly and I have plenty of fluid. Has
    anyone else had this problem or does anyone know what may be causing
    this issue? I am afraid that I am going to be stranded on the side of
    an Atlanta highway one morning or afternoon.

    Thanks in advance.
    casey_rf, Oct 17, 2005
  2. casey_rf

    Bob Shuman Guest

    You do not say if the gauge acted differently previously ... sure sounds to
    me like the fan is not turning on automatically like it should when the
    temperature sender calls for the additional airflow. You can simulate this
    condition by simply letting the engine idle in your driveway or garage. See
    what happens for yourself. Does the fan turn on at any point or does the
    gauge simply continue to rise? What happens if you turn on your A/C? Both
    fans should run with the A/C on. If the fans come on with the A/C but the
    cooling fan does not run when the temperature is very hot, then it would
    seem to indict the coolant temperature sender.

    Bob Shuman, Oct 17, 2005
  3. casey_rf

    casey_rf Guest

    Bob, first off, thanks for your response. I did let my car idle in
    the drive yesterday. It did not take long for the temp gauge to begin
    moving up. At that point, it appeas that when the A/C if off, a fan
    will kick on and when the A/C is on, another fan will kick on. So, it
    appears the fans are working correctly.

    I have taken this thing to a 4 shops and noone can find anything wrong
    with my car. I just changed all the hoses going to and from the
    radiator. I think that I might be blowing anti-freeze out the tail
    because the level is low (I just filled the thing up less than a month
    ago) and I don’t see any puddles or marks underneath the car to
    indicate that the radiator is leaking.
    casey_rf, Oct 18, 2005
  4. Do an oil change immediately and check for antifreeze/water in the
    oil. If that is happening you will hash your mains if you don't do
    about it.

    Ted Mittelstaedt, Oct 19, 2005
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