temp light(s) coming on randomly...

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by taylor.dahlin, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. hey,

    a few weeks ago, two lights on my dashboard (1997 sl1, about 85000
    miles) started blinking occassionally (about 5 or 6 times, then
    stopping). the first times it happened, it was when it was raining hard
    and kind of cold outside. since then, they've appeared several times a
    week and with no pattern as to what is making them come on - of course,
    i live in minnesota, and in those couple weeks, temperatures have
    dropped considerably and it's in the 30's now.

    nothing else appears wrong, temp gauge is normal, no other lights pop
    up, no starting difficulty, no noises, nothing out of the ordinary....
    actually, i'm not even quite sure what both the lights are, but i was
    able to take a pic with my cell phone one of the times they were on:


    one looks like the coolant level (thermometer sticking out of some
    waves) and one is something else (another thermometer in a box with
    waves at the bottom?).

    soooo i thought i'd try here and see if anyone else has similiar
    prolems or knows what this is before i go pay to have it hooked up to a
    diagnostic machine (around $100 alone! eesh). i've noticed no other
    problems, but i figure if it really IS bad, better to go get it taken
    care of before winter really hits!

    anyway, thanks in advance for any light you may shed!
    taylor.dahlin, Oct 22, 2006
  2. taylor.dahlin

    Lane Guest

    one looks like the coolant level (thermometer sticking out of some
    Did you then check the coolant level?

    Lane [ lane (at) evilplastic.com ]
    Lane, Oct 22, 2006
  3. Hahahah! I had that happen when my dad left my coolant flood tank partly
    unscrewed and some water evaporated out. Fill your freaking coolant tank,
    and depending on how bad it is, have it flushed, eh?
    HyperCube33 \(Life2Death\), Oct 27, 2006
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