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So I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze 1.4t rs and it only starts to overheat when ever I hammer on the gas it will go up and say ac is off due to engine temp then a couple seconds later it will go back down to normal operating temperature does anyone know what this would be any help would be appreciated.
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Just a guess, but I'd say your radiator fan isn't working. Pop the hood with the engine running, and see if it comes on.
Also, check the coolant in the expansion tank. It should be about half full of coolant.
 

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Just a guess, but I'd say your radiator fan isn't working. Pop the hood with the engine running, and see if it comes on.
Also, check the coolant in the expansion tank. It should be about half full of coolant.
My fan kicks in because I can hear it turn on my coolant was disappearing in my car and I was told it was a head gasket but I think they were scamming me because after 2 months of sitting I decided to drive it and my coolant stays in my coolant tank now and only over heats when I accelerate hard
 

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Well, it might be a stuck closed thermostat.
Keep an eye on your coolant level, and the color of your oil. It might actually be a blown head gasket, time will tell.
 

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So I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze 1.4t rs and it only starts to overheat when ever I hammer on the gas it will go up and say ac is off due to engine temp then a couple seconds later it will go back down to normal operating temperature does anyone know what this would be any help would be appreciated.
Thermostat isn’t working or air pockets in coolant.
 

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So I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze 1.4t rs and it only starts to overheat when ever I hammer on the gas it will go up and say ac is off due to engine temp then a couple seconds later it will go back down to normal operating temperature does anyone know what this would be any help would be appreciated.
Mine is a 1.8L but I imagine it's very similar. In the 1.8 there is an electronic thermostat and a mechanical one as a failsafe. If the mechanical one failed but not the electronic one it wouldn't set a code. Is your MIL on? If not, I would also suspect the mechanical thermostat. (in the 1.8) It can't be purchased separately so you buy the whole housing and all. Mine was ~$110 for OEM at Oreillys

If your MIL is on, check the electronics by pulling the connector on the stat housing and measure resistance across the two pins. Should be around 15Ω. Mine was (is) reading open and set the MIL
 

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So I have a 2013 Chevy Cruze 1.4t rs and it only starts to overheat when ever I hammer on the gas it will go up and say ac is off due to engine temp then a couple seconds later it will go back down to normal operating temperature does anyone know what this would be any help would be appreciated.
Make sure you have properly "burped" the system. This is a brief How-To care of Dhpnet:

Fill Procedure:
1- close the radiator drain plug.
2- lower the vehicle
3- vehicle should be level
4- Loosen the vent screw on the radiator

(vent screw is located at the top, right (passenger) side of the radiator)

NOTE: Close vent screw when coolant begins to flow from the vent screw.

5- Add a mixture of 50/50 DEX-COOL antifreeze and clean drinkable water to the bottom line of the bleed nozzle on the coolant surge tank. When the coolant level stabilizes, add enough coolant to reach the bottom line of the down pipe hole.
6- Start the engine. After the engine starts, verify that the coolant level reaches the bottom line of the down pipe hole.
7- Install the surge tank cap
8- warm up the engine. Run at 2,500 RPM until the engine cooling fan turns ON.

Note: If the heater core has been replaced, let the engine run for 2 minutes at 2,000-2,500 RPM. This ensures complete venting of the cooling system.

9- Turn the engine OFF and allow the engine to cool down.
10- Remove the surge tank cap.
11- Check the coolant level and fill to the COLD mark if necessary.
12- Inspect the concentration of the engine coolant, using GE-26568 tester.
13- Rinse away any excess coolant from the engine and engine compartment.

NOTE: After a test drive let the engine cool down and check the coolant level again. Adjust the coolant level to the COLD mark if necessary.


If it still is giving issues it is time to check the sensors.

AC off Due to high engine temp links
Troubleshooting temp sensors
 
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