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Stefan

15 years of experience
367 reviews
Stefan
15 years of experience
Great experience. Stefan was very knowledgeable and personable. He shared his knowledge of the vehicle and did a great job in a timely fashion.

Dan

37 years of experience
722 reviews
Dan
37 years of experience
Dan did an excellent job and was very professional. I will definitely use him again. Thanks Dan for your help.

Tabitha

15 years of experience
189 reviews
Tabitha
15 years of experience
No one is better Tabitha is the best mechanic and honesty runs through her blood she is a very rare person who completely cares about the customer

Joseph

22 years of experience
44 reviews
Joseph
22 years of experience
Highly efficient and professional mechanic. He is knowledgeable and pays good attention to detail. He did an overall great job and also kept the work area clean. I would highly recommend Joseph Jock.

Sergio

8 years of experience
203 reviews
Sergio
8 years of experience
He showed up on time and got some back ground info on what I was noticing my Jeep was doing. Afterwards he explained what he was going to do to insure that the issue was fixed and how it may take a moment for my Jeep to register the repairs

Brian

19 years of experience
96 reviews
Brian
19 years of experience
Great job!! On time and very informative.

Clarissa

25 years of experience
152 reviews
Clarissa
25 years of experience
Clarissa displayed great knowledge in repairing my vehicle. She also displayed honesty, integrity and didn’t try to up charge my repair as I’ve found the dealerships to do. Clarissa was very friendly and didn’t mind my company while she repaired my vehicle. She also gave great advice, and didn’t mind showing me what she was doing. I will be giving Clarissa a buzz when I need her, and I’ll recommend her to anyone.

Tyler

25 years of experience
178 reviews
Tyler
25 years of experience
First time user and it was great experience. I highly recommend Tyler. Very knowledgeable, courteous and on time. He is a wealth of knowledge.

Mahdi

8 years of experience
94 reviews
Mahdi
8 years of experience
Timely...Communicated efficiently and effectively. Knowledgeable, I got the sense he really enjoyed what he was doing. He was concerned about my automobile. We discussed repairs and cost. He really believes in doing what is right for the consumer and not over charging.

Peter

41 years of experience
1227 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Peter was exceptional. Not only did he come on his day off, but he quickly fixed the issue and made some recommendations for the future. My poor car is not long for this world, be he got her up and running once again.


How much does Car Thermostat Replacement cost in Elmhurst?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe $130 $50.15 $79.99 17% $157.65
2004 GMC Yukon XL 2500 $125 $44.56 $79.99 18% $152.06
2014 GMC Sierra 3500 HD $456 $271.77 $183.97 12% $519.02
2011 BMW 750i xDrive $421 $133.21 $287.96 19% $520.21
2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 $369 $225.15 $143.98 11% $418.65
2015 Jaguar F-Type $353 $161.13 $191.97 15% $419.13

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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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