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Heat Around Outside of Car. Why?

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I have an '07 v6 Premium automatic with 64,000 miles. I have noticed that, after a drive, the air around the outside of the car is hotter than the ambient air. This has been the case for the 16 months I've owned the car. Even on a hot day, I can feel a lot of heat when I step out of the car and feel it become relatively cooler as I walk away. I assume the heat is coming out from underneath the car, but why?

The temp gauge is always pegged in the middle (Unless that's broken?). The car has never overheated, even on multi-hour, hot weather drives with the a/c on.

I like to assume that the cooling system is super efficient (better that the heat is outside the engine, rather than inside). But I have never had this experience with any auto I've ever owned.

Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon? Did it eventually lead to any problems?

Thanks for your help.

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Check to see if its your exhaust system. It generates lots of heat.



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these cars, V8 and V6 alike, are terrible at removing hot air from the engine compartment. Ford installed hood vents and front air dam on the later 5.0 cars to help alleviate this. think about a truck bed with the tailgate up, creates a vortex of air that just spins and causes the air going over the truck to go over the vortex. same is happening in the engine compartment at speed and not drawing the hot air out. mythbusters did a show on what happens. your console is probably warmer than the rest of the interior if you haven't noticed already. its not going to hurt anything unless you have an aftermarket CAI that's not getting air from inside the inner fender.

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Thanks, everyone. This makes me rethink the worth of a CAI, if all I'm going to get is hot air.
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hi all,
i have an '07 v6 premium automatic with 64,000 miles. I have noticed that, after a drive, the air around the outside of the car is hotter than the ambient air. This has been the case for the 16 months i've owned the car. Even on a hot day, i can feel a lot of heat when i step out of the car and feel it become relatively cooler as i walk away. I assume the heat is coming out from underneath the car, but why?

The temp gauge is always pegged in the middle (unless that's broken?). The car has never overheated, even on multi-hour, hot weather drives with the a/c on.

I like to assume that the cooling system is super efficient (better that the heat is outside the engine, rather than inside). But i have never had this experience with any auto i've ever owned.

Has anyone else experienced this phenomenon? Did it eventually lead to any problems?

Thanks for your help.

Hf
ever wonder how hot the exhaust on a car gets? the cat converter at times gets red hot if mixture is just a little rich, thats close to 1000 degrees. The owners manual tells you explicitly not to park over dry grass or other combustibles. Then add the heat from under hood/radiator with cooling fan blowing heat out and yes its hot

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