I had a shop change the timing belt-tenioner-water pump.They got the parts from Car Quest. Now the question is that the temp gauge runs a little higher then it did before with the air on and a hot day. Is this because the new pump may be a little different in design then the OEM?
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I think they put the old coolant back in. Its orange. I got the pump-tenioner-timing belt done for $250 at a shop. And yes it was done because I got the old parts back.
Would orange colored antifreeze mean it might be the original factory fill?
Probably should change it.
even though the orange coolant is garbage it wont change the temp reading issue you originally asked about.
I think you may be right on the money about a different designed pump, perhaps less flow(likely). or they installed a hotter T-stat(unlikely).
and BTW shops have a buttload of parts layin around, believe it or not even some parts probably from your model. Just sayin i have NO doubt that the parts were changed just your evidence of proof has flaws lol