Why is my temperature gage showing the vehiclen overheating?

Dawn Yarger

Asked by Oct 05, 2013 at 03:52 PM about the Ford Explorer Sport

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Have 99 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L. Replaced
thermostat, water pump, temperature
sensor, flushed radiator. Venicle been
sittinh for two days when you start the gage
is past hot. No smells, steam, or leaks....

4 Answers


After what you have said if you start a vehicle and the gauge is "already stuck" at overheated, then the gauge is broken.

Tracy Hooks

The first thing I would do is to disconnect the wire at the temp sender and see if it goes to cold. Usually, a shorted temp sender wire will show "over hot". Could the wire have been pinched? It's very rare for the indicator to fail.

Dawn Yarger

Thank you for your post we did try disconnecting the wire but we still have the same problem. I am guess the indicator has failed.


My temperature gage is totally the apposite is always very low what should i do to fix

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