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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-09-2006 Thread Starter
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Jumping Temp gauge.

Hey all new to site. My wife just got a 96 mustang 5 speed. I noticed we will be driving and the temp gauge acts normal. It doesn't get to hot. But when you put the pedal to the floor the gauge will drop from where it was at all the way to the low side. When you let your foot up it will go right back to where it was. I checked the antifreeze and it is fine. Doesn't have any leaks. The heater does take awhile to heat up, but the ac blows cold. Not sure what to look for.. Have read a few threads that metioned possible head gasket. Could this be the case? I haven"t seen any coolant around. I sometimes do notice a smell that does kind of remind me of antifreeze, but I have never seen it.. Any info would be great .. Thanks..

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006
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try changing your thermostat sounds like it is on its way out to me

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hey thanks going to change this weekend.. I also noticed that it does not seem to drop when the car is sitting in idle.. I was watching it parked in the driveway and when in neutral I would floor it and the gauge would act normal.. but go to drive it and floor it the gauge drops out again.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-31-2006 Thread Starter
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Well went to change themostat and there was not one on the car.. Hmmm maybe thats why it was overheating.. Geez some people.. Well I put one in and the wire that attaches to the temp sending unit was falling off.. Tightened up.. Gauge works great now.. But the car was still overheating..Went to drain the radiator and water would not come out the drain..Pulled lower hose off and just a little water came through.. Ran hose in top and would come pouring out the top of the radiator and slow trickle out the bottom, still nothin from the drain... Long story short replaced the radiator and the car runs great... I am very thankful we didn't mess anything else up.. We have had the car since NOV. Well thanks for all the help
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