I’m not the most educated when it comes to vehicles so I will do my absolute best to describe this.
I recently signed on for a certified and emissions tested 2005 Toyota Camry LE. The car test drive fantastic and the interior was sparkling and I have never seen under the hood of a car so clean.
When I was driving about 2 days ago, after having driven for most of the day I noticed that my temperature gauge had risen past the middle point and then stabilized not too far away from the redzone. I turned on the AC to see what would happen – but nothing did, it stayed steady at that point. Eventually I got home and let it cool down for about an hour and then proceeded to do some errands later at night. I started it up and let it sit there to warm up before I took it down the street, it did not happen again. It heated up to the usual spot, then stopped.
Since I rely on having a functional vehicle, I got worried at took it to Toyota to see what they think. I paid $123 to have everything looked at – and they came back to me saying I need $800 to $1200 repairs… A new radiator as there is a leak, as well as a couple of other things.
When I drove it to the dealership which is a fair distance from my home, I turned the AC on to see if it happened again… It did not. I had it running nearly the entire drive and not once did the gauge fluctuate.
My question is… Is there something else that could have caused this? Should I see if I could just get the leak sealed as it doesn’t seem to be causing any immediate issues. What is going on here?
I have included a picture of where the temperature gauge stopped at.
Thanks for your help.