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Q: My temperature goes up higher when I'm driving

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My temperature goes up in the red while I go to the store or to work

My car has 159000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. There are several possibilities here for overheating. These range from the thermostat simply failing in the "closed" position, to a clogged or corroded radiator, a radiator fan (electric) is not coming on when it should, or the engine having a blown head gasket (common to this engine). To have this fully scoped out, have a certified technician inspect the overheating issue in person to pinpoint the problem.

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