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Saturday I was driving down south to see my mom. It was in the high 90s. Most of the trip was uneventful, but after an hour of driving at 65 the temp gauge was creeping up to the 3/4 mark. It has never done this before. I slowed to 60 and it stayed there, for a while. It then crept a bit over the 3/4 but never into the HOT zone. I pulled over and checked the coolant level. The reservoir, it was churning but not overfilled or empty. I have driven in the heat plenty of times before, AC was not on as the top was down.

Got any clues as to why the change in the temp reading?

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Replacing the tc t-stat is the easiest job I ever did on it. Yours is probable stuck almost closed.

My t stat had split in two! I had to pick retainer, spring, and rubber seal out of the lower intake manifold.

I know many like pure rtv but if you pick up the t-stat gasket for $1.80 it makes the job even easier and neater and less likely to leak. 20ft # on bolts?

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Replacing the tc t-stat is the easiest job I ever did on it. Yours is probable stuck almost closed.

My t stat had split in two! I had to pick retainer, spring, and rubber seal out of the lower intake manifold.

I know many like pure rtv but if you pick up the t-stat gasket for $1.80 it makes the job even easier and neater and less likely to leak. 20ft # on bolts?

I can see that you have a 3.0L as that is the only thermostat that falls apart. This doesn't happen with the thermostats on the American built engines.

As for a gasket, it is much more likely to leak than RTV applied properly.

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I know the engine is Mitsubishi design but wasn't it made in Mexico?

I can see that you have a 3.0L as that is the only thermostat that falls apart. This doesn't happen with the thermostats on the American built engines.

As for a gasket, it is much more likely to leak than RTV applied properly.

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I know the engine is Mitsubishi design but wasn't it made in Mexico?

Pardon me; HECK NO!

The TC was built in Milan Italy, the 3.0L engines are built by Mitsubishi motors, altered to Chrysler's specs.

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