Temp gauge in the red zone after thermostat & 2 sensor changes.

Spankyriker
10

Asked by Jun 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM about the 2001 Toyota Camry CE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2001 Camry. Check engine light came on. Had it checked at Advance Auto. Engine
code P308? / thermostat or coolant issue. There are no leaks of water or antifreeze and
the a/c and heat work great.

Temp gauge was going immediately to medium (3 o'clock position) after starting. When
actually warmed up, went to about the 2 o'clock position.  Replaced 2 thermostat
sensors, disconnected battery to reset the computer and light went out but temp gauge
still went to 3 then 2 o'clock positions.  After 100 miles the engine light popped on
again after each sensor change. Then changed the thermostat 2x (once by me then by
a mechanic - thinking the first  'stat was bad) and although the light went out, the
gauge now went immediately to the 1 o'clock position and after a minute, went into the
red zone.  

What else could it be? The water pump, radiator clog, or faulty temp gauge?

3 Answers

Reelin68
25,265

Did you change out thermostat or someone else? Did they put it in backwards? Sounds stupid but my dads buddy had an overheat issue in his rig and the mechanics installed his fan BACKWARDS! The water pump usually leaks or makes noise if it's bad. What you can do for a test is take off the radiator cap when the engine is cold and run the car until you see the fluid circulate through your radiator. That way you at least know if the thermostat is opening. Have you checked your electric fan to make sure it's operating?

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Spankyriker
10

I changed the stat, a local mechanic changed it too. He mentioned it could be the water pump or radiator issue, but still not resolved, so I took it to the Toyota dealer. It was a sensor on the bottom of the radiator. $260 --not peanuts, but a lot cheaper than a water pump replacement, which is was not and no more guessing what the codes mean specifically. Thanks for trying!

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
Reelin68
25,265

I hope the $260 was for a whole new radiator. The sensor in the bottom is only a $12 item.....http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=1993+toyota+camry+coolant+temperature+sensor

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Camry
Looking for a Used Camry in your area?
CarGurus has 76,159 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,000.
ZIP:

Search Toyota Camry Questions

Toyota Camry Experts

#1 Reelin68
Reelin68
Reputation 7,610
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 4,150
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 3,140
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord"
641 Great Deals out of 72,466 listings starting at $999
Used Toyota Corolla"
793 Great Deals out of 75,008 listings starting at $2,000
Used Nissan Altima"
843 Great Deals out of 84,322 listings starting at $950
Used Honda Civic"
523 Great Deals out of 60,371 listings starting at $1,299
Used Toyota Avalon"
192 Great Deals out of 15,071 listings starting at $1,600
Used Toyota RAV4"
502 Great Deals out of 39,561 listings starting at $1,850
Used Nissan Maxima"
318 Great Deals out of 25,673 listings starting at $1,750
Used Hyundai Sonata"
682 Great Deals out of 64,866 listings starting at $1,399
Used Toyota Highlander"
431 Great Deals out of 18,303 listings starting at $3,499
Used Chevrolet Malibu"
781 Great Deals out of 57,730 listings starting at $1,800
Used Honda CR-V"
609 Great Deals out of 62,198 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota 4Runner"
234 Great Deals out of 13,320 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Tacoma"
439 Great Deals out of 20,501 listings starting at $1,995
Used Toyota Prius"
254 Great Deals out of 16,588 listings starting at $1,750

Used Cars For Sale

2016 Toyota Camry For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 35,617 listings starting at $18,099
2015 Toyota Camry For Sale
225 Great Deals out of 7,342 listings starting at $14,500
2014 Toyota Camry For Sale
124 Great Deals out of 6,309 listings starting at $11,987
2013 Toyota Camry For Sale
75 Great Deals out of 3,483 listings starting at $6,900
2012 Toyota Camry For Sale
199 Great Deals out of 6,873 listings starting at $5,000