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Lately I've had an "overheating" issue when driving for a longer period of time, mostly city driving and long idles. It'll gradually increase in temperature and then at some point the needle will go all the way to the red instantly and oil temp increases to about 200. However, if I shut the car off and turn it back on while it does this the temp shows well below the half way mark and oil temp is around 150. I had replaced the coolant temp sensor a while ago when it was doing this before and that seemed to stop it for a while until I took the car out of a 3 month storage and it began doing it again.
I'm starting to think its an electrical issue of some sort since the temp doesn't stay the same when I turn the car off and on again. Radiator runs hot, clutch fan seems ok, and the engine seems fairly cold when its doing this (just judging by touch). Anyone have insight on this or experienced this phantom problem before? I have a new clutch fan and thermostat going in this week and my daily commute to work doesn't cause the issue since its a brief drive.