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How to Troubleshoot a Faulty Car Thermostat
When you are concerned about the routine maintenance of your car, it is natural to get to a point where you will ask yourself, what is a thermostat? And more importantly,...
How Long Does a Thermostat Last?
No matter what kind of car or truck you drive, it has a thermostat in it. This thermostat is responsible for monitoring and regulating the coolant temperature in your vehicle's engine. If you...
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A radiator valve allows coolant into the radiator in order to cool off the engine once the coolant has reached a certain temperature.
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I need a thermostat replaced do I need to replace the water pump as well
Typically, the scenario is the reverse: that is the water pump fails and the question is should the thermostat be replaced at the same time that the water pump is replaced. The answer is absolutely because the thermostat itself can...
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Cost to replace thermostat
The thermostat on your car's engine is fairly accessible and so it looks like it's about a 1 hour job. Typically, a thermostat costs roughly $25. To get a precise, written quote if you would please input your year, make...
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Leaking oil and smoking but temp gauge isn't moving - smells like burnt rubber 2004 Ford Freestar
Hi there - your symptoms describe 2 problems, unrelated to each other. The burned oil smell is likely a leaking gasket, most likely the valve/cam cover gasket. It would leak down onto hot exhaust, causing the smell and light smoke...
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I installed new thermostats in my 2007 Nissan Altima 2.5l shortly after the car started to overheat so I put back the old t-stats
The best thing to do first is put the new thermostats back in the engine. Old thermostats are damaged when they come in contact with the ozone layer outside when they have been running in the engine for a long...
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Yesterday my heater control valve broke. so I replaced it but it still overheats and there's no heat. Should I replace the t-stat
You will need to have the a/c controls in the heat position when filling up the cooling system to get out all the air in the system. You may need to replace the thermostat if the engine was overheated bad...
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honda civic 2005 overheating intermittently fluids are full. what might cause this. thought it might be thermostat
A sticking thermostat could cause the overheating you are describing. The intermittent cabin heat might be due to the coolant boiling, at times, and the resulting air pockets block coolant flow to the heater core in the dash. Engine overheating...
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Car is running hot after the water pump and sensor been changed
Anytime a car overheats, the thermostat should be changed because the overheating itself can damage the thermostat. Also, anytime a water pump is replaced, the thermostat should be replaced. I would evaluate the thermostat first as a potential cause of...
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Want to change from single climate control to duel control 2008 Chrysler 300.
The air conditioning system under the I/P is different between the single zone manual A/C system, and the dual zone automatic A/C system. To make this change you need to remove the I/P, replace the air conditioning system, the I/P...
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Temp gauge goes up and down while driving 2006 Infiniti G35
Hi there - either the recent cooling system work did not thoroughly bleed all the air out of the system, or you still have a bad thermostat - even the new one. A properly working thermostat should manage coolant temperature...
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Could my compressor be affected by a bad thermostat? 2007 Infiniti M35
The thermostat should not affect the A/C compressor blowing cool air. The thermostat regulates the flow of the coolant in your car's engine and controls when the coolant flows in and out of the motor from the radiator by opening...
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Car Overheating; Unknown cause
The coolant could be low, the thermostat could be plugged up or sticking, the radiator could be plugged up restricting the coolant flow, the water pump could have failed, or the head gasket could have burned causing the engine to...
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Mechanics replaced water pump but did not replace the thermostat. Engine overheated and blew the head gasket? 2010 Jeep Compass
Hello - this is a judgement call. It is common practice, but not a "standard", to replace the thermostat when replacing the water pump. This is mainly due to access to both easily when replacing either one, and the relatively...
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Gasket sealer required for water pump and thermostat? 1992 Subaru Legacy
Hi there - no, gasket sealer should not be required. the thermostat should come with an o-ring, and the water pump should come with a paper-like gasket. Neither should require gasket sealant as long as the o-ring and gasket are...
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No thermostat new water pump still overheating
Running an engine without the thermostat can cause the engine to overheat due to the coolant passes through the engine too fast and will not let the coolant absorb the heat from the engine. If you reinstall a new thermostat...
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My car was driving just fine and all of a sudden it started bubbling and the temp was at the 'H'. Then it started smoking and leaking.
Hi there. There are 4 different areas on your engine to check for the cause of the engine to overheat. Areas To Check The thermostat sticking shut The radiator plugging up or something is in the radiator The water...
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How do I remove a broken bolt out of thermostat housing
Hi there. If the bolt is sticking out, then you can use a pair of vice grips to help remove the bolt or weld on a nut. If the bolt is broke off inside the threaded gallery, then you will...
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I'm replacing a water pump in a Subaru Legacy. Do I need to use gasket sealant when replacing it? 1992 Subaru Legacy
Hi there - no, gasket sealer should not be required. the thermostat should come with an o-ring, and the water pump should come with a paper-like gasket. Neither should require gasket sealant as long as the o-ring and gasket are...
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Bmw 325xi 2004. There is no heat and the car overheats.
Hi there. For your vehicle to overheat and not have any heater heat in the cab, then the coolant could be low, the water pump could be not working, the radiator could be plugged up, or the thermostat could be...
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engine overheating.
Hi there. When an engine is overheating your would need to check the coolant to see if its low or not the correct temperature rating. If the coolant is good and rated to the maximum temperature, then the radiator could...

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