Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How to Buy a Good Quality Thermostat

How to Buy a Good Quality Thermostat

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 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.

YourMechanic supplies top-quality thermostats to our certified mobile technicians. We can also install a thermostat that you've purchased. Click here to get a quote and more information on thermostat replacement.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222...
How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...

Related questions

Q: Q: where is the thermostat housing?

Hello, thanks for writing in about your Pontiac G6. To replace your thermostat, all you have to do is follow the upper radiator hose to the left side of the motor, above the A/C compressor, and you will see the...

Q: My car shuts off while I'm driving sometimes and makes a bubbling noise once the car is warmed up or if I'm driving

Your coolant overflow reservoir usually bubbles when the engine has a restriction that causes the flow of coolant to be reduced. This can lead to or be a cause of the engine to overheat. I would recommend getting a coolant...

Q: Air conditioner blowing warm air. Heat blowing warm air. Neither hot or cold

If the A/C system is full and pressures are reading correctly, and the cooling system is in proper working order (thermostat opens, no overheating, etc.), then most likely the problem lies with the dash. The climate control head unit may...