Car over heating

Asked by Oct 31, 2015 at 01:56 PM about the Pontiac Grand Prix

Question type: General

Water full I drive about half mile needle
goes up pass 210 at times it will drop down
to 165 175 fast  could this be that get
getting stuck

2 Answers

52,205

Sounds like you need a new thermostat. While you are at it flush the engine and put new anti-freeze in.

3,785

I'm not sure that you have a problem at all. While it does seem a bit extreme, I think what you are seeing is the engine heating up, the thermostat opening, the temperature dropping, and the thermostat closing again. That's a pretty normal cycle. Having said that, thermostats don't last forever and they aren't expensive so change it out just to be sure. And as has been mentioned if your coolant is 5 years old or older its time to flush the system and put in new coolant. Change the plastic elbows that run to the heater while you're at it. They don't last forever either and will leave you stranded when they go.

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