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Hey guys,
I have a 2013 Dodge Journey SE that seems to only overheat while idling but goes back down while on the gas and in motion. What could be the issue? I check my coolant levels everyday and they are good.


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Hey guys,
I have a 2013 Dodge Journey SE that seems to only overheat while idling but goes back down while on the gas and in motion. What could be the issue? I check my coolant levels everyday and they are good.


Thanks for your help!



Ensure your radiator cooling fans are operational. At idle, they may not be operating - causing the overheat. Also ensure there is nothing blocking the airflow behind the grille opening.

When driving, there is often enough ambient air forced through the a/c condenser and radiator to keep the engine cool. When you stop, the airflow stops.

The radiator fan should come on once the engine is warm - and the a/c supplemental fan should operate when the engine is very hot - or the a/c is turned on.
 

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It MIGHT be something as simple as a blown fuse or relay. You'll need to take a look and do some detective work on the cooling fans.
 

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It may not be the case but one other thing that causes this is dirt n' bugs blocking airflow, sometimes you can only see a part of the rad and the bottom/side are plugged up. Every year at the ending of summer I always take my grill off and clean the rad's very well. The areas where regular washing doesn't get too.
 
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