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Old 08-19-2009, 12:11   #1 (permalink)
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The temp gauge on my car has been all the way up to the last bracket before being in the red. Any ideas as to why? All of my fluid levels are fine & no leaks .. the temp doesnt spike to that hot right away, but after driving for a while it gets very hot but hasnt crossed over into the red .. yet.

I did have a blocked transmission tube/vent and im thinking that it could have fried my thermostat? My check engine light hasnt been on so im not sure what to do
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Old 08-19-2009, 13:25   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 98 contour overheating problems

How quick does it get hot. Does it slowly go up as you drive? Does the electric cooling fan come on for the engine? You can see if the cooling fan will work if you start it cold and turn the A/C on. The fan should come on then. If it's running hot like that and you don't fix it you can damage the engine.
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Re: 98 contour overheating problems

Check the reservoir under the hood and see if you have enough fluid...should be at the max line also I had a overheat problem about two weeks ago and the problem was simple come to find out there is a belt on the right side of the motor that operates the water pump, I took of the plastic 2.5 24 valve cover to reveal that the belt was shredded and was only hanging on by the fibers.. I changed the belt (very Easy) Belt was about 22 dollars CAN and low and behold problem fixed.
Hope This helps and thats all it is...oh BTW at the same time while I was there under the plastic cover I also Changed the thermostat as I was there anyway...I dont remember ever changing the stat so I figured it was over due as a precaution.
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oh BTW at the same time while I was there under the plastic cover I also Changed the thermostat as I was there anyway...I dont remember ever changing the stat so I figured it was over due as a precaution.
How was it to change the thermostat?
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Old 09-18-2009, 23:25   #5 (permalink)
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Possible air in cooling system. Had same problem with 99 2.2L found I had air in system. worked great after burping out air.
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