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I was driving today, and all of a sudden I notice the engine temperature gauge all the way in the red and a message in the display "HIGH ENGINE TEMP STOP SAFELY". I pull over to the side and shut off the car. I restarted the car and the gauge went right back all the way to the right so I shut the car off again. About a minute later I restarted the car and the gauge went one notch left from the center line. <p>What is going on?? I checked the coolant level, and it was perfectly fine. I changed the coolant last month It has 100800 on the clock and it is fully stock. Is there anything I should be worried about? Thanks! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>shagginwagon</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">My guess is that some sensor went bad. go get it checked out.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>i second that..that happened to my buddies s80 got the same warning and the coolant was fine and no sign of engine overheating.. it ended up being a bad sensor ...i also heard of it being a bad thermostat ..but getting it checked is your best bet.. good luck.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>deerok</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>i second that..that happened to my buddies s80 got the same warning and the coolant was fine and no sign of engine overheating.. it ended up being a bad sensor ...i also heard of it being a bad thermostat ..but getting it checked is your best bet.. good luck.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>yeah check/replace your thermostat
 

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Re: HIGH ENGINE TEMP STOP SAFELY (LiLaZnDJBoY)

Thank you everyone for your advice. It is unfortunate that I am exactly 830 miles past my CPO warranty. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: HIGH ENGINE TEMP STOP SAFELY (LiLaZnDJBoY)

Best<I> guess </I>would be a bad thermostat or sensor<br>Get this looked at ASAP
 

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Re: HIGH ENGINE TEMP STOP SAFELY (JRL)

if the thermostat fails normally the upper radiator hose will not be hot
 

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just replace the sensor and the thermostat, its a very cheap invest. Be safe and dont risk your car.
 

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Re: HIGH ENGINE TEMP STOP SAFELY (LiLaZnDJBoY)

Hope that it is a bad sensor. The cooling systems on S60s are very stout, I've done track days in 100F heat and the temp gauge still stays pegged to the middle. Only time mine has gone higher than that was when I was driving up Pikes Peak, way too fast, in hot summer weather, and often stuck behind other traffic kicking up dust that I'm sure clogged up some cooling passages. I just started driving a little slower up and it settled back to normal. The worst is the altitude, there's less than 50% air at those elevations, meaning, less than 50% cooling capacity.
 

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Your car cant dissipate heat that quickly. If it was really that hot it would take quite a while for the temp to settle back down to reasonable levels. I would replace your coolant temp sensor and your thermostat since you will be right there any way. Its good insurance on an expensive engine.
 
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