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Kenneth

20 years of experience
653 reviews
Kenneth
20 years of experience
Kenneth says what he means and means what he says. No guessing or mind-reading required because he can explain even the most complicated situation in such a clear and simple a way even a kid woyld understand. Knowing what's happened and why alleviated my anxiety, thank you Kenneth!
3rd time using Kenneth. Great as always

Alex

16 years of experience
435 reviews
Alex
16 years of experience
Alex was great! He was very polite and good at communicating what was going on and what he recommended I take care of and showed me why he recommended it.
Alex is one of the most capable mechanic that i have ever met. His technical skills and knowledge is supreme. His costumer service skills is Second to none. He is the Best. Thanks Alex, I will not hesitate for a second to call and ask for him to work on my car. Kind Regards, Gus

Eric

14 years of experience
73 reviews
Eric
14 years of experience
Eric was nice on time and knowledgeable.

Scott

36 years of experience
787 reviews
Scott
36 years of experience
Good work Scott!

Steven

14 years of experience
425 reviews
Steven
14 years of experience
Steven was great. quick knowledgable, got the job done quickly. fixed the problem. I would highly recommend him

Noe

36 years of experience
604 reviews
Noe
36 years of experience
I will definitely book Noe agian. Noe was professional. Very helpful and very respectful. Which is very important to me as a female. Thank you for sending me such a great mechanic and great person

Brandon

18 years of experience
318 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Very good job. Will call for him again. Saved alot of time and money for me as this was my son's car in Raleigh and I live 3 hours away and he goes to school there. Very satisfied.

Alika

15 years of experience
14 reviews
Alika
15 years of experience
He was amazing. His customer service skills were excellent. My car is running like new again.

Joe

15 years of experience
431 reviews
Joe
15 years of experience
He was thorough, informative, professional, punctual, and it was a clean job. He also advised on some future work and explained it all well.

Luis

17 years of experience
62 reviews
Luis
17 years of experience
Had the job under the time allowed!


How much does Car Thermostat Replacement cost in Centreville?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Centreville. Our mechanics in Centreville are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in Centreville.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Honda Accord $166 $85.99 $79.99 14% $193.49
2006 GMC Yukon XL 1500 $156 $76.26 $79.99 14% $183.76
2006 Ford Crown Victoria $156 $75.63 $79.99 15% $183.13
2013 Audi A3 $343 $102.75 $239.97 19% $425.25
2013 Acura MDX $164 $83.75 $79.99 14% $191.25
2013 Jaguar XFR-S $299 $131.30 $167.97 16% $357.05

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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.

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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.

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