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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 that many don't think about, but is extremely important to your car. It can be found between your radiator and your engine, and is relatively small in size. In a typical car, it's about two inches in diameter. This makes it pretty easy to look past it unless you're looking for it.

The thermostat works to block the coolant that is flowing to the radiator until the engine warms up to the correct temperature. There is a little valve that opens up in order to let the coolant flow. So if the engine is warm, coolant runs through it, if the engine is cold, it blocks the coolant.

It is recommended you buy a good quality thermostat when it needs replacing. This is an investment that will benefit your engine. A secondary benefit to a good quality thermostat is that it will help with fuel efficiency. The thermostat has four main parts which are the: flange, frame, heat motor (this is where you'll find the valve), and spring.

For best results finding a quality thermostat for your vehicle, consider these tips:

  • Appropriate for your vehicle: There are some thermostats that may not reach the correct heat in order for the coolant to be released, so it's a good idea to refer to your owner's manual.

  • Age of car: The age of your car will help to determine what the best thermostat is for you.

  • Buy new: You want to be sure you’re purchasing a brand new part, rather than a refurbished or used part.

  • Premium and additional features: It's important to note there are some models that have a disk at the bottom of it. There are also "premium" thermostats available on the market. These feature heat motors that are bigger, and sturdier springs and frames.

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Jerry

6 years of experience
125 reviews
Jerry
6 years of experience
Honda Accord - Thermostat - Loganville, Georgia
Jerry was knowledgeable and explained what was wrong with my car. He was on time for the appointment and fixed the issue!
Chevrolet Impala - Thermostat - Snellville, Georgia
Jerry was on time completed my job very fast.He was very professional and did a great job would recommend him to friends.

Clarissa

25 years of experience
158 reviews
Clarissa
25 years of experience
Chevrolet Astro - Thermostat - Red Hill, Pennsylvania
Clarissa was excellent,she showed up on time,she knew everything about my vehicle and fixed it correctly, will ask her to work on my vehicle again.
Honda Accord - Thermostat - Riverside, New Jersey
knowledgeable and professional, a pleasure to work with, really did a nice job under some tough conditions, will definitely recommend

Brandon

16 years of experience
272 reviews
Brandon
16 years of experience
Kia Sorento - Thermostat - Duluth, Georgia
Literally amazing. I have one of the weirdest setups for cars, and needed a thermostat replacement. Brandon was quick, straightforward, clean, and gave me advice that I didn't know on my old car. I'm SUPER grateful for his work.

Chet

39 years of experience
439 reviews
Chet
39 years of experience
Fiat 500 - Thermostat - San Diego, California
Described his work to me in a clear understandable manner and just a great person. Will love to work with him again.

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