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Old August 2nd, 2005, 09:04
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Temp guage question

I've searched, but can't seem to find any leads on this one...

Driving home in stop & go heavy traffic in 90* heat with the AC on... The temp guage jumps from its normal 210* up to 250* (just under the red). I turn off the AC and within 2 to 3 minutes the temp drops back to 210*

I flushed the system in the spring - no issues, no leaks. The mechanical fan works and is tight when the Jeep is off. I'll wire up the electrical fan tonight to check that.

Is it possible to gain / loose 40* in a matter of 5 minutes or is the guage suspect?
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 09:20
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Re: Temp guage question

You know that's backwards from what normally happens, usually turning the A/C on forces the electric fan on, and lowering temp. I would look at water flow through the radiator
. It sounds like your cooling system is just barely keeping up, when the A/C is running it heats the air going through the radiator causing your temperature to rise.
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 09:56
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Re: Temp guage question

I guess my confusion is still can you see a 40* temp. change? I mean, if my electric fan is failing, sometimes running and sometimes not, would you see that much of a change?
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Old August 2nd, 2005, 18:02
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Re: Temp guage question

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I guess my confusion is still can you see a 40* temp. change? I mean, if my electric fan is failing, sometimes running and sometimes not, would you see that much of a change?
Yes, you would. (a) The a/c compressor is a drag, making the engine work harder; and (b) the a/c system more or less by definition is removing heat from the interior of the cabin. Where do you think that heat is going? Into the condenser, which is located directly in front of the radiator. That's why the aux fan is supposed to come on whenever the a/c compressor kicks on -- if it's not working, overheating is the expected result.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:24
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Re: Temp guage question

Given my situation - 30 + minutes in heavy traffic in 90+ heat with AC blasting - temp is normal (210*). Suddenly, the temp jumps to 250*, then, within a minute of turning off the AC (literally, I timed it) it drops back to 210*.

Should I suspect a faulty fan relay or connection that is stopping the fan? I figure the temp would've jumped much earlier if the fan wasn't working at all.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:31
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Given my situation - 30 + minutes in heavy traffic in 90+ heat with AC blasting - temp is normal (210*). Suddenly, the temp jumps to 250*, then, within a minute of turning off the AC (literally, I timed it) it drops back to 210*.

Should I suspect a faulty fan relay or connection that is stopping the fan? I figure the temp would've jumped much earlier if the fan wasn't working at all.
The A/C will not work without the fan.
Is the A/C working?
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:32
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Yes, the AC is working like a champ.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:37
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Yes, the AC is working like a champ.
Then it's not the fan or relay, Dirty cooling system low on water would be next.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:46
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Re: Temp guage question

I know it doesn't mean anything, but it was flushed this spring. The fluid is new from the flush and looks - according to the bottle - to be full. I've also checked the top hose coming off the rad to make sure it heats up - it does.

My thought that with poor flow thru the rad the temp would be constantly high. It isn't - it jumps from 210 to 250, then drops just as quickly back to 210.

My FSM gives suggestions for constantly high temps, but I think I could be chasing this one for a while. I'd also hate to be chasing nothing but a faulty gauge.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 07:48
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Re: Temp guage question

Do you have coolant in the cooling system or just water?
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Re: Temp guage question



. The engine driven clutch fan could be weak then
, itís working well enough for just the engine heat but not good enough for the added heat from the A/C.




The clutch fan is suppose to slip at, lets say 210 but lock up at higher temperature, sounds like yours is not doing that.


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Old August 3rd, 2005, 08:04
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The best coolant that Jiffy Lube offers... They're the guys that did the rad flush this spring, but I've had hot days and traffic without incident before this...

I had this thought - about 3 weeks ago I had the dealer replace the AC clutch and serp belt. Clutch was bad and belt was replaced because I figured it was time. Is it possible / likely that the water pump is slipping on the belt, not forcing coolant through the motor and causing the temp rise?

I am hearing no squeal form a slipping belt, but I just had the thought.
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The best coolant that Jiffy Lube offers... They're the guys that did the rad flush this spring, but I've had hot days and traffic without incident before this...

I had this thought - about 3 weeks ago I had the dealer replace the AC clutch and serp belt. Clutch was bad and belt was replaced because I figured it was time. Is it possible / likely that the water pump is slipping on the belt, not forcing coolant through the motor and causing the temp rise?

I am hearing no squeal form a slipping belt, but I just had the thought.
It's possible, it's not uncommon for a new belt to stretch a little, the water pump just runs off the backside of the belt, so it could be the first to slip.
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Old August 4th, 2005, 07:55
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Re: Temp guage question

OK - yesterday was 90+, traffic sucked, and the AC worked fine with no overheating. My only thought is that something is killing the Aux fan intermitantly.

I was thinking of starting with replacing the relay, but it's an $80 part! Is there any way to test this before I spend $80 on a guess? If not, is there a temp sensor or switch that might be easier to test and help me narrow this down?
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OK - yesterday was 90+, traffic sucked, and the AC worked fine with no overheating. My only thought is that something is killing the Aux fan intermitantly.

I was thinking of starting with replacing the relay, but it's an $80 part! Is there any way to test this before I spend $80 on a guess? If not, is there a temp sensor or switch that might be easier to test and help me narrow this down?
As soon a the Aux fan stopped so would the A/C, if your AUX fan stopped the A/C would stop also and the water temp would rise.
A lose belt don't always squeal.
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