Volkswagen Transporter Car Thermostat Replacement at your home or office.

Our mobile mechanics offer services 7 days a week. Upfront and transparent pricing.

Get an upfront price

Service Area

Average rating from customers who
received a Thermostat Replacement.
Learn More

$156.16 - $189.31

Price range for all vehicles


YourMechanic Benefits

Online Booking

Mechanic comes to you

12-month / 12k-mile warranty

Free 50 point safety inspection

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Average rating from customers who
received a Thermostat Replacement.
Learn More


Car Thermostat Replacement Estimate for Volkswagen Transporter

Volkswagen Transporter Car Thermostat Replacement costs $165 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1993 Volkswagen TransporterL5-2.4L DieselService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$238.13Shop/Dealer Price$287.25 - $405.45
1993 Volkswagen TransporterL5-2.5LService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$229.83Shop/Dealer Price$276.94 - $388.96
1990 Volkswagen TransporterH4-2.1LService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$236.41Shop/Dealer Price$283.00 - $395.24
1985 Volkswagen TransporterH4-1.9LService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$247.91Shop/Dealer Price$299.84 - $416.09
1994 Volkswagen TransporterL5-2.4L DieselService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$238.13Shop/Dealer Price$285.97 - $403.21
1989 Volkswagen TransporterH4-2.1LService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$236.41Shop/Dealer Price$282.04 - $393.56
1992 Volkswagen TransporterL5-2.5LService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$236.41Shop/Dealer Price$282.21 - $393.86
1991 Volkswagen TransporterH4-2.1LService typeCar Thermostat ReplacementEstimate$230.91Shop/Dealer Price$277.55 - $389.83
Show example Volkswagen Transporter Car Thermostat Replacement prices

Car Thermostat Replacement Service

What is an engine cooling system thermostat and how does it work?

The car's engine cooling system thermostat is a small valve within a cooling system passageway that opens and closes in response to the temperature of the circulating engine coolant. When your car is first started and the coolant is cold, the valve in the thermostat will be in the closed position, circulating the coolant flow only within the engine instead of flowing to the radiator, which allows the engine to warm up fast, promoting fuel efficiency, low emissions, and reduced engine deposits. Once the engine coolant reaches the design temperature, usually around 195 degrees, the valve will open and close as you drive in order to maintain a coolant temperature typically between 195 to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thermostat

When to consider replacing the engine cooling system thermostat:

  • Engine overheats. A thermostat with the valve stuck closed is a common cause of engine overheating. However, since there are other causes of overheating, a mechanic will thoroughly inspect the cooling system prior to condemning the thermostat. Since it is usually not known how badly the engine overheated, the mechanic will also try to determine if there is evidence that the cylinder head gasket was blown. If so, it would be repaired prior to replacing the thermostat.
  • Temperature gauge reads too low or too high. Thermostats can get sticky, causing the engine temperature to stray from the optimal range. Your dash-mounted temperature gauge will notify you of this malfunction.
  • Cooling system repairs. All thermostats eventually fail. Therefore, if the cooling system is already open for major repairs, such as water pump or radiator replacement, it is recommended to install a new thermostat simply as insurance against future breakdown.

How do mechanics replace the engine cooling system thermostat?

  • Once the engine is completely cold, the radiator cap is loosened and enough coolant is drained from the radiator so the coolant level is below the thermostat housing.
  • The thermostat housing is removed and the thermostat and gasket are extracted. Note that some cars have more than one cooling system thermostat and both might need replacement.
  • All mounting surfaces on the thermostat housing are cleaned of old gasket material. A new gasket is applied and the thermostat is re-installed in the correct orientation and with the temperature sensing cylinder facing downward towards the engine.
  • The thermostat housing bolts are tightened to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications using a calibrated inch-pound torque wrench.
  • The cooling system is refilled with the appropriate coolant type and the system is fully bled of all air.
  • The car engine is run until the normal operating temperature is reached, and while taking precautions with the hot coolant, the coolant level is rechecked while confirming there is flow through the radiator — either visually or with an infrared temperature gun. This will confirm the thermostat is open. Finally, the engine is checked for leaks.

Is it safe to drive with an engine cooling system thermostat problem?

No. If it has been determined that there is a thermostat problem, it should be repaired right away. Failure to do so can cause substantial and costly damage to the engine.

When replacing the engine cooling system thermostat keep in mind:

  • Engine overheating due to causes other than a faulty thermostat, will themselves damage a thermostat. Therefore, always replace the thermostat if the engine overheats, even if the thermostat was not the initial cause of the overheating.
  • The thermostat should be replaced anytime you have major work done on the coolant system. It is convenient and costs little during such repairs and insurance against future breakdown.
  • OEM thermostats are the best ones to use and you can request your mechanic to install only the OEM thermostat. Dealer supplied, OEM thermostats are sometimes more costly but are generally higher quality and specifically engineered for your car.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Meet some of our expert Volkswagen mechanics

Real customer reviews from Volkswagen owners like you.

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Volkswagen Transporter Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

11

Rating Summary
10
1
0
0
0
10
1
0
0
0

Bryant

11 years of experience
408 reviews
Bryant
11 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Car starts and then dies - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryan was about 90 minutes late to the appointment, but kept me informed during the wait. The situation was not critical, so I was fine with the delay. When he arrived and started to work I better understood the situation - Bryant does a thorough job and really works to get you a solution. My 77 VW Transporter was starting but not running. Bryant spend the better part of the hour tracking down the "bug" in the works and in the end was able to get the bus back to running condition. He went above and beyond and I would not hesitate to recommend the service and Bryant to a friend or family member.

Peter

42 years of experience
1301 reviews
Peter
42 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Loss of power - Tempe, Arizona
YES!!!!!

Kenneth

19 years of experience
582 reviews
Kenneth
19 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Car is not starting - Long Beach, California
Extremely knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and came prepared. Excellent!

Mark

10 years of experience
349 reviews
Mark
10 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Brakes, Steering and Suspension Inspection - San Jose, California
Mark is very passionate about cars. He has taken on the challenge of working on my VW bus, and I've been happy with the results. If he sees a problem he works with you to figure out a solution.

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Volkswagen Transporter Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

11

Rating Summary
10
1
0
0
0
10
1
0
0
0
Red-stars EXCELLENT RATING ON
Number of Volkswagen Transporter services completed
121+
services done by our mechanics
TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPERT Volkswagen MECHANICS
800+
experts on our platform

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com