Temperature gauge reading hot

Tiny
BILLY TINCHER
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  • 1989 FORD THUNDERBIRD
  • 3.8L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 162,000 MILES
The temp gauge was reading hot but I still had heat. The radiator is full. What would make it read hot?
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Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 AT 10:22 PM

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Tiny
BMDOUBLE
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Well you would have heat if it were actually overheating. I would verify the actual temperature with a temperature gun or old school with a thermometer at the upper hose.
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 AT 9:07 AM
Tiny
KEN
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This guide should help be able to tell what is going on:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/engine-overheating-or-running-hot

Please run down this guide and report back.
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Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 AT 12:18 PM

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