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CHEVY 99 ENGINE NOT GETTING UP TO TEMPERAT

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

Engine Cooling problem
1999 Chevy Tahoe 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 278000 miles

I've been having this problem for about a year where the engine temperature, according to the dashboard gauge, does not get up to the halfway point. It gets, at most, one quarter of the way up the scale. Also, I frequently (with each gas up) have to add antifreeze to the system though there are no leaks or smells of burning antifreeze. The car seems to run fine so I haven't been too worried about it, but the heater does not get very hot and I figure its connected and winter is coming. I replaced the thermostat and flushed and replaced the coolant and no improvement. I had the local mechanic check it out and he said at first look nothing looked out of order but he could run advanced diagnostics for $100 to see what is wrong. It seems to me like a sensor or gauge issue, in which case I'm not worried, but if is anything that may leave me stranded I'd like to get it fixed. Can you think of anything else that may be going on here?

Thanks.
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Jspangs
October 11, 2010.



The thermostat controls the engine temperature and the coolant temperature sensor reads it and gives it to the computer for other purposes-check and test the CTS

For lack of heat: check the heater control valve and heater core and the air blend door-

Rasmataz
Oct 11, 2010.