1998 Saturn Sedan Overheating

Tiny
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  • 1998 SATURN SEDAN
  • 1.3L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 159,000 MILES
I have a new radiator, new waterpump, new thermostat, and new cooling temporature sensor and my car is still overheating after about 5 to 10 miles of driving. The fan comes on and I have no leaks. Any suggestions.
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 AT 10:02 AM

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Tiny
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So high is the temp gauge when it overheats?Also are you assuming its overheating because its boiling over the cap? What temp on the gauge does the fan come on?
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 AT 2:50 PM
Tiny
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Yes the fan comes on and the car runs funny, sluggish. I let the steam out by loosening the top hose and sliding the screwdriver in. The fluid is hot. I even took all hoses off today and made sure that nothing was clogged. I took the thermostat out today to see if it would run hot and it did. I flushed the system and nothing worked. I notice that alot of people have the same problem with these Saturn's. The temp gauge rises to the red after about 15 or 20 minutes of driving. I have no idea what the problem could be. Please help.
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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 AT 10:49 PM
Tiny
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For starters never open the cap when its hot and especially never loosen a radiator hose or any hose when its hot thats a good way to get burned. Also when the radiator fan comes what is the temp gauge reading you never answered that question on the last reply I gave you?
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 AT 12:32 PM
Tiny
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Also what the brand and part number of the coolant temp sensor you put in?
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 AT 12:32 PM
Tiny
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The gauge is over 3/4, almost at red on the gauge when the fan comes on. The temp sensor is a valucraft SU1131VC, from Autozone.
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 AT 1:57 PM
Tiny
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It shows thats the correct sensor but if you have a 1998 saturn S model the fan should be turning on with the gauge showing just above half way. That would be around 222-226 degrees Fahrenheit. So I would try a different sensor I always get the duralast coolant temp sensors from auto zone. There lifetime warranty and those sensor only last a year or two usually. Also do you have a little code reader that reads live engine data like coolant temp?
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 AT 6:20 PM
Tiny
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I dont have a meter but I think that I can rent one at Autozone. One wire is black which should be ground, so the other one should be positive.
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Thursday, November 12th, 2015 AT 9:56 AM
Tiny
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No one wire is. Signal and the other wire is a return as far as a multi-meter iam not talking about that. Iam talking about a little code reader that can read trouble codes and some live engine data like coolant temp. That way you could see if it matches actual temp of the coolant with a infared temp gun which I have seen at sams club and costco sometimes for as little as 20. For the infared temp gun iam talking about.I would try a different temp sensor like I suggest to start with before going to the next step.
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Thursday, November 12th, 2015 AT 12:09 PM

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