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Help 98 Es300 Might Be Running Hot


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Hi all,

Drove home my new for me 98 es300 with 141K from work today (8 miles), and noticed that temp gauge was only 2-3 bars below half way! Also, smelled a strange smell when turning sharply to the right (leaking ps fluid? the car recently got a new ps pump).

Other than that it runs great. Has a few dings, but garage kept so no sun damage in or out. Perfect soft trim and leather looks a car with half as many miles.

PO gave me all his service records, but a little worried nonetheless.

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Was the smell like maple syrup?

By the way, Welcome to the LOC!

Thanks! I am washington, DC btw. No, just kind of a hot almost oily smell. I am freaking out because I'm worried that this thing might need a new head gasket (and I went through that 2x on my previous vehicle, a 95 c280). Only when I turn sharply though.....

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