Question for auto mechanics and gear heads Re: Vehicle cooling systems

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  1. Ridic Too

    Ridic Too New Member Banned User

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    I noticed two things today with my car that concern me. I am hoping it is nothing, but I don't know much about car repair.

    First, I noticed that when sitting a stop light or idling the temp gauge will occasionally spike and then drop down to normal once I start moving. Initially I figured something was up with the radiator or fans and the natural air flow during driving was cooling it back down. However, I barely even have to move at all before the needle instantly moves back down. There has to be very minimal air flow and even that air is 80 degrees right now. Also, once I parked in my driveway I left the car running and looked under the hood. Both fans were working as normal.

    Second, when this temp gauge spike happens, the driver's side fan stays on for about 3 or 4 minutes after I shut the car off. The passenger side fan shuts off instantly.

    Could this just be a bad temp sensor or am I facing worse? Still under warranty but I just hate the hassle of getting repairs and a loaner, etc.

    Thanks in advance, Grease Monkeys. :hat:
     
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    Westerberg Perfectly Lethal Gold

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    Are they electronic fans or mechanical fans?
     
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    Ridic Too New Member Banned User

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    How often do you get diarrhea?
     
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    Ridic Too New Member Banned User

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    How can I tell?
     
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    Check your coolant level.
     
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    Westerberg Perfectly Lethal Gold

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    My question was dumb cause you said there were two right? If there are two they gotta be electronic.
     
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    sell your hyundai
     
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    All you have to do is JPEG it brah.
     
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    dawg In The Dog House Staff Member

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    No seriously dude. Your thermostat is going out. Sometimes an easy fix depending on how much needs to be removed to fix it. I would in todays market around $400?
     
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    Ridic Too New Member Banned User

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    It's an acura! :cuss:
     
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    I need to know what kind of car. Make and model and year pleaze.
     
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    Get it fixed before you blow a head gasket.
     
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    Ridic Too New Member Banned User

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    I bet the warranty won't cover that. Damn it!

    thanks though, bro
     
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    Ridic Too New Member Banned User

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    Is this a serious inquiry?
     
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    ^-- This sounds like a smartass comment , But it does sound like your coolant is low. Or something is blocking flow of the fluid.
     
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    Do you have an extended warranty? Bumper to bumper? It should cover it.
     
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    Yes. I might have different answers depending on how old or new the car is.
     
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    Ridic Too New Member Banned User

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    It's a 2004 Acura TL.

    Should I be able to see coolant when I remove the radiator cap? I don't see it there, but there is fluid in the reservoir.

    I had the radiator replaced in July 2012.