Is it normal for my van to take a long time to warm up?

My van runs well and is very economical, however, it takes a long time to warm up and never reaches the normal mark on the temperature gauge. Is this a common problem?

Asked on 29 April 2020 by Graham Hobbs

Answered by Dan Powell
Probably a faulty gauge or temperature sensor. Those issues are not serious but they might prevent the cooling fan from engaging. And that could be serious in the summer months as it will increase the risk of the engine overheating.
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