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Grzegorz

39 years of experience
472 reviews
Grzegorz
39 years of experience
Grzegorz did it fast and explained the fix well!

Joseph

31 years of experience
532 reviews
Joseph
31 years of experience
He was very professional and seemed quite knowledgeable about the repairs needed. He explained the things to watch for for the next few days. He arrived on time and completed the repairs quickly!

Daniel

16 years of experience
64 reviews
Daniel
16 years of experience
We were very happy with the price to replace the thermostat in our Cadillac. Daniel our mechanic had a lot of knowledge about his job. My husband was very pleased. Great job Daniel. Already recommended to a friend and gave them information on how to reach you. So happy I found you while surfing the web. Thanks again. Gloria

Joseph

18 years of experience
426 reviews
Joseph
18 years of experience
Joseph initially diagnosed a coolant leak as a faulty water pump, and then swapped out the timing belt and water pump a few days later. His service was incredible and I would highly recommend him to anyone. Joseph visited me at my home on both occasions and I didn't have to sit in a smelly auto shop for 4 hours while the work was completed.

Rusty

21 years of experience
352 reviews
Rusty
21 years of experience
Rusty was great, every time I request service from now on, I will ask for Rusty. I’ll see you next week

Genaro

11 years of experience
262 reviews
Genaro
11 years of experience
I'm so happy with Genaro. He was on time, actually BEFORE time, and he handled everything I needed. He also gave advise on what I need done next. I will definitely book him again.

Enrique

19 years of experience
244 reviews
Enrique
19 years of experience
Excellent service

Peter

41 years of experience
1227 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Peter was excellent and he was very knowledgeable. He explained the reason for certain parts breaking down/messing up so i had a better understanding.

Miguel

19 years of experience
60 reviews
Miguel
19 years of experience
great!

Frank

38 years of experience
57 reviews
Frank
38 years of experience
It was a great!


How much does Car Thermostat Replacement cost in Charles City?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Charles City. Our mechanics in Charles City 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 Charles City.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2013 Volkswagen Touareg $426 $146.44 $279.96 18% $522.69
2006 Volkswagen Golf $180 $67.58 $111.98 17% $218.08
2014 Fiat 500 $206 $118.23 $87.98 12% $236.48
2009 Audi Q5 $459 $123.51 $335.95 20% $575.01
2015 Cadillac CTS $300 $116.35 $183.97 17% $363.60
2008 Dodge Viper $196 $83.55 $111.98 16% $234.05

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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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