Hey guys, so I recently got my car back from the shop. Its a 1995 Dodge Avenger ES. Running hot or bad temp gauge?

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Asked by Dec 19, 2014 at 09:10 PM about the 1995 Dodge Avenger 2 Dr ES Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Its a 1995 Dodge Avenger ES. The engine is the 6g73. IT was in the shop to replace a
rear axle and it was away for about a week. Now, the car runs fine. It sounds great and
doesn't seem to be running hot. Yet the temp gauge is going crazy. I got on the
highway after getting it today and it was cold. So i put my hazards on and didn't floor it
as I got so that nothing bad would happen. as the temp gauge got up to par i looked at
it and it was normal. Overtook a car looked back and it was rising high. I then slowed
down turning my hazards back on, as i let off the gas the temp gauge would fall. If i
stepped on it it would rise.  I pulled over and checked the car. Everything seemed fine.
Radiator fan was good, 1/2. It has run with one the year i've had it and never
experienced anything like this. Although I took off the oil cap and it was letting out
smoke. Could it just be a bad sensor for the temp gauge? or does the oil need to be
changed?

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Also came to mind but bad thermostat?

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Check the coolant level first, any air in the system? Then if that is ok, I'd go with replacing the thermostat and see if that helps, or test it in some boiling water. Cheap enough fix. If that isn't it, then I'd say the radiator.

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Hey guys, sorry just got out of work. So i took the car on a test tonight,. ran it for about 10 mins. soft 25 mph driving no flooring. Pulled over. Checked the hoses to the radiator. Hoses were very stiff. I'm sure due to pressure from locked up thermostat. Monday when I am off work I'm changing the oil, thermostat and coolant all in all. Sensor was responding better today. Thank you guys. Appreciate the assistance.

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