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2005 Mini's temperature gauge shows...
2005 Mini's temperature gauge shows it is overheating after driving from San Diego to Phoenix. Scenario 1: if car is in neutral and sitting idle at red light or in traffic, the temperature gauge goes to red warning light within one minute. Scenario 2: though when driving her at normal surface/highway speed she regulates to normal temperature... Read full answer
2005 Mini's temperature gauge shows it is overheating after driving from San Diego to Phoenix. Scenario 1: if car is in neutral and sitting idle at red light or in traffic, the temperature gauge goes to red warning light within one minute. Scenario 2: though when driving her at normal surface/highway speed she regulates to normal temperature reading. The cooling fan does not engage after I turn off the car if I pull over to let her cool down.
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Either your electric fan is malfunctioning or the relay is stuck and not letting the fan turn on. Use a multimeter to see if the fan is getting power when the car is warm.
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