98 Toyota Camry that temp guage is slow to rise but engine feels if overheating

Asked by Mar 24, 2013 at 04:02 AM about the 1998 Toyota Camry CE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My son has a 98 camry. He recently noticed that the temp guage was slow to come up to middle (usual running temp) and would drop down when going down a hill. He also believes he can smell fumes or something different in the cabin. He believes the engine gets hotter than usual but not being mechanically minded could just be imagining the fumes and excessive heat.

3 Answers

Thermostat. If it does not close properly, what you describe will be exactly what happens, the coolant begins to circulate immediately upon start and will be slow to bring engine up to operating temperature, going downhill it will cool the engine ..and as for his imagination I don't know what to tell you but running without a thermostat can also cause overheating as the coolant does not stay in the radiator long enough to cool

4 people found this helpful.

Thanks David, I will pass it on and get him to check the thermostat. Poss' also get himto check his imagination!

Well, first, you're welcome, no problem. But that won't cause any coolant to get in the cabin to detect any odor. It's strictly internal in the engine.

Your Answer

Camry

Looking for a Used Camry in your area?

CarGurus has 70,900 nationwide Camry listings starting at $1,200.

ZIP:

Toyota Camry Experts

  • #1
    Reelin68
    Reputation
    15,050
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    5,030
  • #3
    last_chance_garage
    Reputation
    3,700
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Accord
424 Great Deals out of 101,059 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Corolla
571 Great Deals out of 66,738 listings starting at $1,449
Used Honda Civic
333 Great Deals out of 52,980 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Altima
720 Great Deals out of 70,156 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Avalon
124 Great Deals out of 7,894 listings starting at $662
Used Toyota RAV4
425 Great Deals out of 74,147 listings starting at $1,995
Used Hyundai Sonata
365 Great Deals out of 49,687 listings starting at $1,250
Used Nissan Maxima
200 Great Deals out of 17,499 listings starting at $1,900
Used Honda CR-V
479 Great Deals out of 72,005 listings starting at $1,300
Used Chevrolet Malibu
480 Great Deals out of 49,315 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota 4Runner
281 Great Deals out of 32,848 listings starting at $950
Used Toyota Tacoma
439 Great Deals out of 44,078 listings starting at $1,995

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Toyota Camry For Sale
44 Great Deals out of 37,345 listings starting at $16,999
2017 Toyota Camry For Sale
93 Great Deals out of 5,671 listings starting at $11,990
2016 Toyota Camry For Sale
85 Great Deals out of 4,657 listings starting at $9,995
2015 Toyota Camry For Sale
203 Great Deals out of 7,943 listings starting at $8,900
2014 Toyota Camry For Sale
101 Great Deals out of 2,959 listings starting at $6,980

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.