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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

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Chris

20 years of experience
1593 reviews
Chris
20 years of experience
Very quick and professional work.
On time and made sure the job was done right.

Steve

28 years of experience
49 reviews
Steve
28 years of experience
Steve did an amazing job! He was early and finished in incredible time. I will definitely request Steve again.

Tony

13 years of experience
280 reviews
Tony
13 years of experience
Great well done again!

Duane

23 years of experience
366 reviews
Duane
23 years of experience
On time, courteous, knowledgeable, no complaints at all.

Theodore

14 years of experience
1066 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Theodore was friendly and professional. However, another appointment had to be made to bleed the radiator.

Attila

17 years of experience
419 reviews
Attila
17 years of experience
AAAA

Ben

16 years of experience
114 reviews
Ben
16 years of experience
Ben was great. First, he listened to what was going on and then did the repair. I asked a lot of questions and he answered everything without losing patience with me or my car. When one of his usual tools didn't fit in my car, he had no problems switching up the plan and got everything working.

Robert

16 years of experience
68 reviews
Robert
16 years of experience
Job well done! He knows his stuff.

Diego

19 years of experience
407 reviews
Diego
19 years of experience
Diego did an awesome job on the service he performed on my vehicle. I feel good to know there are straight up hardworking mechanics out there that know their stuff.

Emmette

34 years of experience
282 reviews
Emmette
34 years of experience
Professional service.


How much does Car Thermostat Replacement cost in Riverdale?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Ford Edge $179 $59.01 $119.98 18% $220.26
2012 Ford F-150 $157 $68.77 $87.98 16% $187.02
2007 Kia Spectra5 $127 $46.73 $79.99 17% $154.23
2010 Mini Cooper $432 $239.81 $191.97 13% $497.81
2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 $435 $291.50 $143.98 10% $485.00
2014 Porsche Cayenne $287 $126.60 $159.98 16% $341.60

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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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