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  1. I miss the built in coolant temperature display available in my previous car, a Pontiac G5. The engine coolant temperature tells you a lot if engine is running normally. It tell you if the cooling system is performing normal, if you need new coolant or flush. It is like your body temperature. If it is above normal, you have a fever and something is wrong. If it is much below normal, you are suffering hypothermia. Now that I have a OBDII scanner and the Torq software on my smart phone, I can monitor temperature in the Spark. I am new owner, so do not yet know what the normal cruising coolant temp should be. My reading is usually 92 C. I do not know if that is high or low or normal, because the car is new. My previous car, Pontiac G5 had built in access to temperature on the display screen. I knew immediately if coolant level was low or when is stuck in bad traffic, I should turn the heater on to cool the engine down a little. Over 9+ years of driving the G5 I knew exactly what the temp should be based on up slope or cruising. The temp was always close to 189 F = 87.2 C when cruising. Stuck in traffic it jacked up as high as 220 F.
  2. Good afternoon all. I have a 2013 spark, that this winter the heater would only work for a short while, then go cold. Last week the check engine light came on, yesterday my air conditioner quit working and then today the car overheated. No leaking of the coolant that I can see, and the coolant Reservoir doesn't seem to be leaking. I have been told that my thermostat is stuck, but not by a licensed mechanic. I often find that when I take my car to dealer, I am told that it is something very costly, only to have the fix not be the problem and end up it's something much cheaper that the original 'diagnostic' (has happened 3 x at Pace Chevrolet in Huntington Indiana so far, costing me alot of money, so I don't trust them anymore which is very sad). Does it sound like the Thermostat to you out there ? I plan on buying the part and taking to another mechanic that I do trust. any advice is appreciated. I love my spark and have it serviced as needed. I just can't afford forking out alot of money for unnecessary costs, and find, as a female, if I go to the mechanic with a good idea of what is wrong, they usually play fair with me. thank you all P.s.. since I am new to the site, I will let you know where my user name comes from. My spark is a Pink (techno pink) spark. when I drove it home, my son informed me it looked like a nipple, so her name is the Nipple