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Number of Reviews

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Joseph

25 years of experience
468 reviews
Joseph
25 years of experience
Joseph was professional and very insightful. He was ok with all my questions and even gave me a 101 under the hood crash course :)
Joseph kept me updated on when he was going to arrive. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. He listened to what I had to say and changed the thermostat to see if that would fix the problem before doing the water pump and it did! He was very caring and made sure everything was done right. He goes above and beyond and I would defiently recommend Joseph to anyone!

Chris

20 years of experience
1558 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Chris knows what he is doing! He is great mechanic, works hard and got me back on the road so fast! Awesome guy!
Would definitely request Chris' help again for future needs.

David

14 years of experience
48 reviews
David
14 years of experience
He went out of his way to fix the problem!
Great worker got straight to the job everything went well

Harish

25 years of experience
588 reviews
Harish
25 years of experience
Professional and did a great job! On time and explained everything. Would definitely book again.

Peter

41 years of experience
1219 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Absolutely perfect! He was courteous and professional. I will recommend this company to friends and family.

Cary

25 years of experience
92 reviews
Cary
25 years of experience
Cary was awesome he called me the day before to touch base and discuss how everything will go the day before the appointment. Then he showed up early for the appointment. He let me know that if I had any questions to ask and feel free to contact him if I thought of any questions later.

Jerel

9 years of experience
125 reviews
Jerel
9 years of experience
Very professional, knowledgeable, punctual and patient. Jerel took the time to make sure my overheating issue was fixed and that nothing else was wrong with my car.

Andrew

21 years of experience
169 reviews
Andrew
21 years of experience
I AM VERY SATISFIED WITH YOUR MECHANIC .COM, MY SERVICE TECHNICIAN ANDREW MACURA ARRIVED ON TIME AND DID A PROFESSIONAL JOB REPAIRING MY VEHICLE. HE WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND FRIENDLY. MR. MACURA DESERVES MORE THAN A TEN ON PERFORMANCE. I HAVE START TELLING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT YOUR COMPANY. THIS FEELS LIKE HEAVEN THAT YOU CAN RELAX IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME AND GET THIS A1 PROFESSIONAL SERVICE. THANKS, YOUR MECHANIC AND TO MY SERVICE MECHANIC ANDREW MACURA. I WILL BE CALLING ON YOUR SERVICE AGAIN AND AGAIN VERY SOON. THANKS, PATRICIA ALEXANDER >214-374-3336

Phillip

17 years of experience
176 reviews
Phillip
17 years of experience
Fast, knowledgeable, and friendly.

Eric

13 years of experience
123 reviews
Eric
13 years of experience
First time using yourmechanic, Eric was awesome! If you are looking to get some work done for you car I highly recommend Eric!


How much does Car Thermostat Replacement cost in Lakeside?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Volvo V50 $221 $76.55 $143.98 18% $270.05
2005 Saab 9-3 $163 $74.93 $87.98 15% $193.18
2009 Subaru Tribeca $132 $52.17 $79.99 17% $159.67
2015 Mini Cooper $449 $144.89 $303.96 18% $553.39
2008 Mercedes-Benz GL450 $515 $370.81 $143.98 8% $564.31
2010 Porsche Cayman $320 $208.23 $111.98 10% $358.73

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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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