Texas Car Runs Hot

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man

I live in central Texas and recently my engine started running a little warmer than normal. I've replaced the thermostat and radiator cap, but it still runs a little over the middle of the gauge. It doesn't look like I'm losing water, and if I turn on the heater, it will go down. Any ideas?
Alan K.

Check to make sure that the radiator is free and clear of any debris... Leaves, bugs, even birds have been found smooshed into radiators. Also check to make sure that the fan is spinning. You failed to mention what type of car, but if it is an electric fan, make sure that it turns on. If mechanical, check the thermostatic clutch for proper operation.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man

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