Engine temperature and temperature gauge

Tiny
DANE JOHNSON
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  • 2007 PONTIAC G6
  • 3.6L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 99,000 MILES
My check engine light came on the other day and soon after my temperature gauge stopped working. After I drive the car for a while and feel the engine, it is not hot. There is a bit of warmth emitting from it but not much. Does anyone know what could be wrong? And is it bad to drive a car if the engine is running fairly cold?
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Monday, February 27th, 2017 AT 8:33 AM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Get a scan done to find out what is causing the check engine light to come on. A scan tool would allow you to see the engine temperature, unless if the temperature sensor is bad.

Once engine has been started for a minute or two, it would be okay to drive around even if you feel the engine might be running cold. Overheating on the other-hand would be a cause for concern.
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Monday, February 27th, 2017 AT 1:34 PM

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