Temperature gauge goes up to 3/4 then back down to half. ...

Q: Temperature gauge goes up to 3/4 then back down to half.

asked by on June 24, 2017

2000 honda civic ex, temperature gauge goes up to 3/4 then drops back down to half after a few seconds. thermostat was replaced about 2-3 years ago. Radiator was replaced last month. Never seen the gauge act like this. Would this be a water pump problem?

My car has 237360 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

This kind of behavior may mean that you are low on coolant. Normally the tip of the temp sensor is submerged in coolant. When the coolant is low, there may be an air pocket around the sensor that allows it to get as hot as the surrounding metal until the coolant starts circulating and covers the sensor. Check the coolant level at the radiator with the engine cold and idling and the heater on. Top it up with 50% coolant and water mixture. It may never have been correctly filled after the radiator replacement or there may be a small leak in the system. To have it fully evaluated, you can contact Your Mechanic to have a technician come out to your home or office to check out your temperature problem and let you know what is the solution.

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