Is my car overheating?
I own a 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra with 66,000 miles. My temperature indicator has been going over 1/2 and up to 3/4 and almost into the red zone. Is my car overheating? It usually always stayed on 1/2 while driving or while in idle.
I took it to get checked and the mechanic said that it is not the thermostat or the radiator and he put an instrument on the thermostat and it registered 200 and on two other places that registered 180. He thinks it is the Temperature indicator that is faulty and is going to install a new one on my dashboard when the part comes in.
I noticed yesterday that on the floor of the front seat passenger side that it was wet. I felt around and it does feel like it has an oily feel. I park under a canopy and usually the car is not in the rain and it hadn't rained lately so I know it isn't a leak. My friend told me it could be coolant leaking out of the heater core, etc.
I take the car for short hops and the indicator never goes into the red part but it makes me nervous as I don't want to drive an overheated car and ruin the engine.
Does anyone out there have any ideas of what it may be? Dolores, Who has to keep this car on the road as I have no money to buy another. Only use it on short hops, etc......