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When I drive my Sportage, the engine warms up very quickley, within 1 mile of leaving home. The pointer on the gauge in the dash climbs up to just under halfway on the scale. It never goes any higher, not even when the engine is working really hard like climbing a very long sand dune. Is this "normal"? I know the engine got hot but it never changed the gauge. The Kia service mob told me its quite ok. Are they correct in their thoughts? How can I check the gauge / sender for accuracy and where is the sender?
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This is completely normal. The Sportage cooling system is excellent at keeping the engine temperature constant regardless of ambient temperatures. Be it -10 degrees F or 100 degrees F the temp gage will sit constantly at just below halfway. And I've experienced those temperature extremes and never had a problem.

But in order to keep it that way cooling system maintenance is very important. Follow these simple rules and you'll never have problems:

1. Change the coolant every 12 - 18 months. Use a 50/50 or a 60% coolant/40% water mix in cold climates.

2. Never, EVER, use tap water or bottled water in the cooling system. If you do you'll corrode the cooling system. Use ONLY distilled water.

3. Sportage thermostats are prone to stick open after several years. This causes incomplete warm-up, especially in cold climates. You'll see it on the temp gage. It will be very slow to go to normal position or might never get there.

4. If over 80K miles and a timing belt change is needed do the water pump at the same time.

5. If you don't hear the clutch fan engage on very hot days then it has failed and the engine might overheat.
 
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