98 ZJ Air Conditioning/Engine Temp Question
Hey Folks -
I have a '98 ZJ with approximately 94k on it. Overall very good condition and runs perfectly.
I recently had the AC charged and as the weather has gotten warm and tried to start using it. Overall, the engine temp gauge sits just left the 1/2 way mark and never moves even when stuck in extended traffic jams
When using the AC almost immediately I start to see the temp gauge rise significantly. I've seen it get so far as a little over 3/4 with no affect on engine performance and the AC still blows ice cold.
As soon as I turn off the AC, the engine cools right down and stays as the usual less than 1/2 range.
I'm concerned as I don't want to overheat the engine and since this is a 2nd vehicle, I don't want to put thousands of dollars in repairs/have or have to replace the engine as I'm still paying on my primary ride. I need this one to last me another 2 years and then I can sell it/upgrade to a newer one.
To give you all some background, over the last 2 years and 10,000 miles the following work has been done:
- Water Pump
- Coolant Temp Sensor
- All Hoses
Any thoughts on what it could be? I wonder if the folks at the service shop I took it to mucked something up and caused this....
Thanks in advance -
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