Monday, December 12, 2011

How do you know when you need to change your car thermostat?

i just bought a 95 camaro and i want to really take care of it, it recently overheated and that was because the radiator was full of rusty water which wouldn't let the water flow smoothly, i was also told that maybe the thermostat wasn't working properly, i already flushed the whole radiator and now it runs fine but in case it is the thermostat how would i know when i need to change it??How do you know when you need to change your car thermostat?
you need to change it anyway, the part is cheap and its easy to do , to answer your question if it runs hot again its the thermostat ps get rid of the water and use coolant but be careful if you have any pets it tastes good to them but is very deadly don't spill any of itHow do you know when you need to change your car thermostat?
I would have changed it along with the coolant flush but that's water under the bridge now.

Like many components on a vehicle, a thermostat really doesn't have a specific maintenance schedule - it's replaced when it fails - no or low heat in the winter or overheating in any season.
Before it overheats again.
Most people don't replace it as a maintenance item unless they actually fail but they are so cheap that it really isn't a bad idea to do it while your working on getting your cooling system in shape. You will know it has failed if your car either takes much longer than usual to get up to normal operating temperature (thermostat stuck open) or it starts overheating right away when you are doing city driving (thermostat stuck closed).
If your thermostat was bad, then it would still be overheating. If it's fine now and running at normal operating temperature, then you don't need to replace it. However, if it's running even slightly warm, I'd replace it now. It's an easy job, inexpensive and won't take you long at all. Heck, you may not even get your hands dirty. ;)
Unlike every one believes you should change thermostat every two years,on regular coolant cars,and every three to five years on dexcool cars.

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