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Overheating in the cold

So as I was sitting in stop and go traffic on the way home tonight I took a peak at my dash and noticed that the water temperature on my gauge was at the third long line and rising. As soon as I started moving forward the temperature came down, but once I got back into standing traffic the temp went right back up. It about 39 degrees outside and it sounds like the fan wants to kick on but there is just a bunch of clicking but no movement. The coolant levels are all normal. Anyone have any ideas or run into this?
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Re: Overheating in the cold

Thermostat stuck? Coolant level too low?
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Re: Overheating in the cold

The coolant level is between hot and add and the temp would cool down once I started driving and had airflow.
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Re: Overheating in the cold

thats a classic sign of the electric fan not working properly, whether its the relay, fuse or the fan itself. when the car moves, the moving air does a decent job of cooling the engine, but when the car isn't moving and the fans don't kick on, then the temp goes up. go see the dealer...
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Re: Overheating in the cold

agree on potential fan issue,
but could you also check 'actual' temperature and its rise on the EVIC display?

the fans should have an 'on' temperature setting (though I do not know what they are)

see what actual temperature is rather than 'hash marks' on the gage.
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Re: Overheating in the cold

Sure does sound like a fan issue. If it is still under warranty I would take it back. Wouldnt want to get stuck in the cold.
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