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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Thermostat
Common signs include the temperature gauge reading being very high or changing erratically, engine overheating, and coolant leaks.
How to Buy a Good Quality Heater
In the dead of winter, when the cold air is nipping at your heels, nothing is better than climbing into a nice, toasty warm car. However, having a heater problem like a heater...
How to Buy a Good Quality Thermostat
While many people are familiar with the major parts in their vehicle, there are all kinds of smaller parts that play a vital role as well. The thermostat is one of those parts...
How a Car's Cooling System Works
Have you ever considered the thousands of times explosions occur in your engine? If you're like most people, that thought never enters your mind. Every time a spark plug fires, the fuel and air...
How a Car's Heating System Works
The sun sets, and the air has a chill. You pause to flip your jacket collar up, and you walk briskly to your car door and slide into the driver's seat. Once...
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...
How to Change a Radiator Valve
A radiator valve allows coolant into the radiator in order to cool off the engine once the coolant has reached a certain temperature.
4 Essential Things You Should Know About the Heating and Air Conditioning System in Your Car
When you get into your vehicle, you simply expect the air conditioner or the heater to work when you need them. When something goes wrong with these systems, it can make...

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I just replaced my radiator with a used One from a scrap yard my car now overheats really fast and no heat produced, would a radia
A clogged radiator and a stuck thermostat can both cause the overheating problem you are having. The main thing to check is to make sure the system is full of coolant with no air pockets. If you do not feel...
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Over heating
If you have really found evidence of cooling system blockage(s), then your continued overheating could simply be due to the fact that not all blockages are yet removed. Also, you could have multiple faults, that is blockages plus perhaps a...
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White smoke coming from left side of engine. Lost a lot of coolant
The smoke is from the coolant leak when it hits a hot exhaust manifold. The leak may be from the thermostat housing. You should have the cooling system pressure tested to verify the leak in the system at the thermostat...
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Engine code says my thermostat is bad but nothing seems wrong with my car.
Your vehicle is probably covered by GM's 5 year, 100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty. Consequently, you may be entitled to a free warranty repair of this thermostat issue, which issue by the way is not particularly unusual and so the dealer...
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If the thermostat is bad would it cause the heater core to not work properly?
Hello - you are correct. If the thermostat is stuck open, not allowing the engine to warm up properly, there won't much, if any, heat in the passenger compartment. However, if you are smelling coolant in the passenger area, chances...
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I replace the thermostat and was told to drive it for engine light to go out but its still on after 5 days what can i do?
Anytime a vehicle repair is performed to remedy faults that arise from a check engine light (CEL) diagnostic, at the conclusion of the repair, a professional mechanic uses an appropriate scan tool to turn OFF the check engine light. The...
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My car overheated this morning, completely drained the coolant and replaced but still fluctuating to half and below half
If the fluctuations in temperature are relatively rapid, that is not typical of a failing thermostat. It's possible there is a temperature sensor fault, wiring issue or gauge problem that makes it appear as if the engine temperature is fluctuating...
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If i upgrade my car's thermostat to a better brand/higher quality will that make my heater blower hotter air?
Hi there. You can change your thermostat to the cold weather thermostat if your vehicle is equipped with the stock or warm weather thermostat. For your vehicle, there is a thermostat for the temperature rating of 180 degrees fahrenheit for...
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I have a new thermostat, how much should it cost to change it out?
Billing question sent to CS for the cost to replace the thermostat on a 2010 Jeep Liberty V6- 3.7L.
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How do I replace my thermostat housing on my 2008 Chrysler 300
Hi there. Replacing this part does not require a lot of knowledge of cars, but you do need to have some mechanical experience to keep you from damaging anything. The thermostat housing can easily be broken when installing it if...
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Overheats after about 10 mins
Overheating often has rather mundane causes such as a stuck cooling system thermostat, plugged radiator, inoperative water pump, or even simply a low coolant level. Consequently, you could probably get the overheating issue resolved rapidly by requesting an overheating diagnostic....
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what do i got bad i have 96 chevy camaro amd its starting to overheat and water is steaming out from the sides was quoted that it
If there is sediment in the cooling system, the recommended service is a cooling system flush. At the same time that that service is performed the radiator, thermostat and water pump should be inspected to see if they have faults...
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Check engine light came on AutoZone said thermostat or gasket
To maximally help you, we need to know the specific diagnostic trouble code that was downloaded. The code will be a "format" such as P0135, just as one example. If you request a check engine light diagnostic a certified mechanic...
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Air con not working and my car overheating but everything fill up
The air conditioning and engine cooling systems are diagnosed separately. The cause of no A/C can be determined through a non functioning A/C diagnostic. Engine overheating typically occurs if the engine cooling thermostat has failed, the water pump, or drive...
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Car running hot
If the vehicle was not overheating prior to the replacement of the water pump, there are two obvious possibilities: when adding coolant back to the system, all air was not purged from the cooling system; and/or, the water pump doesn't...
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When installing a new water pump and thermostat on my 1989 Pontiac grand Prix should I use gasket sealer or silicone grease
In your application, the new thermostat comes with a new rubber seal which is the entire gasketing solution for the thermostat housing. Nothing should be added as that may interfere with the seal. The water pump uses a paper/fiber gasket....
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I got a quote for $900+ to replace two thermostats, 2 hoses, and flush the radiator. Is there 2 thermostats? Is this kosher?
Hi there. Yes on the 2009 Jeep Patriot there are two thermostats. There is a thermostat for the main engine cooling system and a thermostat for the cylinder head cooling system. If you need assistance with changing out the thermostats,...
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only heast when driving cold when idle. heating core flushed twice. heat control valve and blend door seem to be working
The normal operating temperature for most automobile engines, including yours of course, is in a range of 185 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit. If your dash gauge is reporting a temperature as low as 140 degrees F, that likely means the...
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No heat at idle
If the thermostat is not open yet then the thermostat will not let enough fluid to flow into the heater core. You should have both heater hoses into the heater core hot when idling. You should let the engine run...
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What temperature thermostat is needed for my vehicle?
Hi there. First locate the thermostat housing on your engine. Then get a drain pan and put it under the radiator and drain out the coolant. Once the coolant is out, you can remove the thermostat housing and replace the...

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