Originally Posted by Apollo12227
That right there is your problem my friend. If your purchased your sending unit from either Advance Autoparts or Autozone, they read 30* hotter than actual temp right out of the box.
I had replaced both temp sending units in 2010 with autozone parts so I had the same thought and forked over the money for the dealership parts this time and it brought the temperature down on the guage slightly but it will still rapidly heat up to about 230F when I start driving on the highway. Im not sure if the temp would continue climbing if I kept driving becasue I always pulled over to let it cool back down.
I am taking a few different measures to impove air flow. I removed the ricer grill inserts that the PO installed. I think that it looks better too so I should have taken these off a long time ago.
I didnt think that the condenser looked too beat up but then again I have never owned a car new than 10 years old. I talked to a local shop today and they said that with the way the condenser looked there was no way that I could be getting the proper airflow to the radiator. They said that a damaged condenser such as this could be easily striaghtened by "combing" my condenser. I found 2 kinds of condenser combs and for 11 dollars a piece I bought them both. They make different size combs and you use the one that fits in between the fins on your condenser. According to them this is a fairly common issue that people have but is very easy to fix. Since I work full time and go to college full time my days fill up pretty quick so since I have college classes tonight this task will have to wait until tomorrow.