Temp Problem on 1992 Honda Civic

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  • 1992 HONDA CIVIC

I have a 92 Honda civic 4 banger stick shift with 150k miles on it. Last year the car was overheating and we fixed the head gasket and machined the head. This year I noticed that the temp gauge is very slow to move. When I drive the car the most the gauge moves is to the lower quarter of the cool side. Now most cars run right in the middle of hot and cold. I store this car for the winters here in Chicago and I noticed this problem since I took it out of storage about 3 weeks ago. I did replace the radiator a week ago, but the problem was before that. I am worried that something is wrong. I would think that it is the temp. Sensor because the gauge still moves a little. I am just worried that the car might over heat. The service engine light is on for the cam positioning sensor and I don't want to replace that so I will not know if the car is overheating unless there is a temp light. Does anyone know what I should do and where the temp sensor is located? Also, if I run the car for a while and the engine is hot what temp. Should the car run at? Because I can stick a temp probe in the radiator fluid to see what temp it is and if the gauge is reading it properly. Thanks for any help

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 AT 8:21 AM

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Wow! You will get stranded with a camshaft position sensor failing. When it goes out, there is not starting the car.

Temp of the coolant is the temp of the thermostat you have in the car. Generally, 180 - 195 degrees F. Do yourself a favor and see if there is any air in the cooling system. Purge it at the bleeder. Near the thermostat is a temp sensor.

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