My Nissan Maxima 1998 is not overheating but the temp guage fluctuates. They changed my thermostat yesterday. Am I okay?

Asked by Aug 09, 2016 at 09:54 AM about the 1998 Nissan Maxima GLE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have had my Nissan Maxima 19989 for eight years. The temp gauge has always been set at less than halfway up the scale. Recently, the guage popped all the way up to the first line which my mechanic noted as 'extreme' and I shut off the car immediately. This happened when i had the AC on. I stopped using the car for a few days but when I got it back on the road I noted that the temperature guage was fluctuating pretty high the scale. So my mechanic cleaned the radiator yesterday and changed the thermostat. He showed me the old thermostat - it was half gone!
I drove the car last night and the temperature guage is fluctuating to below halfway up the scale, to midway up the scale. My mechanic says that is normal. Can I continue driving the car like this?  I have 207 miles on the car but I love this car!

2 Answers

Correction: I have 207,000 miles on the Nissan Maxima 1998.

32,515

Keep an eye on the coolant level as low coolant tends to be the biggest reason for temp fluctuations. Every time you have it parked check for leaks/puddles, although coolant loss can occur when in motion or out the tailpipe. As long as you are taking it to a mechanic and he is informed on what's going on, I think you're safe.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

Your Answer

Nissan Maxima Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    630
  • #2
    rtriel
    Reputation
    590
  • #3
    Princess Ylda Cadely
    Reputation
    480
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Nissan Altima
1,145 Great Deals out of 74,689 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Accord
838 Great Deals out of 87,589 listings starting at $1,444
Used Toyota Camry
1,072 Great Deals out of 76,710 listings starting at $1,100
Used Chevrolet Malibu
998 Great Deals out of 53,722 listings starting at $1,250
Used Honda Civic
573 Great Deals out of 52,764 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Mustang
337 Great Deals out of 42,077 listings starting at $1,488
Used Chevrolet Camaro
385 Great Deals out of 31,371 listings starting at $3,495
Used Acura TL
94 Great Deals out of 4,123 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW 3 Series
1,140 Great Deals out of 33,943 listings starting at $1,209

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Nissan Maxima For Sale
65 Great Deals out of 5,588 listings starting at $16,597
2016 Nissan Maxima For Sale
49 Great Deals out of 1,456 listings starting at $15,995
2014 Nissan Maxima For Sale
119 Great Deals out of 2,542 listings starting at $7,457
2013 Nissan Maxima For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 633 listings starting at $5,800
2012 Nissan Maxima For Sale
20 Great Deals out of 651 listings starting at $5,990

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.