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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

1,606

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Danny

9 years of experience
269 reviews
Danny
9 years of experience
Outstanding

Kevin

34 years of experience
53 reviews
Kevin
34 years of experience
Great job

Brandon

18 years of experience
763 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Brandon arrived to our house early and fixed the thermostat in my car in under an hour. No waiting at the dealership hours and saved us hundreds of dollars. Amazing service!!!

Patrick

13 years of experience
393 reviews
Patrick
13 years of experience
Excellent service. Would definitely recommend.

Patrick

31 years of experience
1019 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
He was very professional and has a great personality!

Brandon

16 years of experience
266 reviews
Brandon
16 years of experience
My experience with Brandon was pleasurable,I was impressed with how the job was done with such speed,exactly what he estimated and not a minute over. Brandon replaced my thermostat at my home,Oh I am in love with the thought of my never having to leave the house. Found me a great mechanic,Thanks again Brandon.

Jimmy

27 years of experience
186 reviews
Jimmy
27 years of experience
Jimmy is great. His years of experience really show when he examines the vehicle. He pinpointed the problem and his solution and the repair work he did was outstanding. Problem solved!! :-)

Ricardo

12 years of experience
337 reviews
Ricardo
12 years of experience
Did everything to get the job done correctly, despite some parts set backs.

Carlos

26 years of experience
271 reviews
Carlos
26 years of experience
Good job Carlos!

Shaun

8 years of experience
542 reviews
Shaun
8 years of experience
Wow super guy great job is timely or early and has unique diagnostic abilities he helps with more than he started to do is a great guy and my go to now. Very thankful for the service, helpfulness and taking care of the issue he started.


How much does Car Thermostat Replacement cost in Madera?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2007 Bentley Arnage $1415 $1327.17 $87.98 2% $1445.42
2004 Mitsubishi Lancer $135 $54.63 $79.99 16% $162.13
2015 Toyota Tundra $218 $105.80 $111.98 15% $256.30
2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 $264 $120.29 $143.98 15% $313.79
2005 BMW X5 $272 $159.81 $111.98 12% $310.31
2011 Audi S5 $647 $270.82 $375.95 16% $776.07

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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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