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Is my truck actually overheating?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by A58warrior, Jun 30, 2020 at 3:53 PM.

  1. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:53 PM
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    A58warrior

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    I have 2001 Tacoma trd. I got home from work and about 2.5 hours later I went to leave the house and my temperature gauge was reading over the red mark. I didn’t drive it and the next day a tried burping the coolant system and no air came out and the thermostat seemed to be working fine. I then drove it around for about 25 mins without a problem and parked it for about 45 mins. Went to leave for work and the gauge was reading over the red mark again. I shut the engine off and turned the key so just the electronics were on and it read normal temp. Started it and it read normal still. I still didn’t drive it and I’m wondering what the issue is?
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2020 at 3:57 PM
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    Thank ya, just bought the truck about a month ago too.
     
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    So when you were driving it around the temp was normal, then it sits for a while and THEN the temp reads high?

    That's odd.

    Do you have an OBDII code reader? They are generally pretty cheap, and you can get ones that are bluetooth and connect to your phone that runs an app like Torque Pro. There's a plug down by your right knee that it plugs into.

    Once it's hooked up, you can read the direct temp from the ECU, rather than the temp from the gauge cluster, which isn't really a temp gauge anyway.
     
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    Is it actually overheating when the gauge hits the red (hope not because by the time it hits the red mark you've done serious damage). You would know it because the coolant would be boiling in the reservoir

    If it's not actually overheating then you've probably got a faulty temperature gauge sensor
     
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  7. Jun 30, 2020 at 4:09 PM
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    0xDEADBEEF This statement is false.

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    Sounds electrical. The temp sensor works by changing resistance - the higher the temperature, the lower the resistance. If the sensor is shorting out, that would be a resistance of 0 and would give you a fully overheated looking gauge.

    I'd look at the wiring around the sensor and see how it looks. If its fine, I'd just replace the sensor.

    What engine do you have?
     
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  8. Jul 1, 2020 at 9:02 AM
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    I have the 3.4 liter v6 and yeah there’s no coolant boiling in the reservoir ever. Thank y’all!
     
  9. Jul 1, 2020 at 10:38 AM
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    can you feel coolant moving in the lines when the motor is on?
     

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