Originally Posted by isporttrak
i bought a new radiator cap (circuit brand) for P150 yesterday before checking on the thermostat. yup, by elimination it really might be the thermostat. the store said better to just remove it anyway we have a hot weather so no problem with cold starts (which is what the thermostat's purpose is for). where in pasig do you buy zuk stuff?
Cars need thermostats here in the Philippines and the rest of the world.
I have been a master certified ASE service tech for over 25 years.
I have heard filippino mechanics say "we don't need thermostats its cold in japan"
This statment is FALSE!
"just remove it anyway we have a hot weather so no problem with cold starts (which is what the thermostat's purpose is for)"
this is rubbish and untrue!
Please read about thermostats before you post "your opinion"
A thermostat that is used in automobiles uses an internal combustion engine to regulate the flow of the coolant. When the thermostat is open, the coolant passes through the cylinder head where it looses the heat the air that flows through it. A water pump that is driven from the engine will propel the coolant around the system. When the thermostat is closed the flow is then prevented and the engine is then allowed to heat up to its optimum temperature.
A thermostat operates mechanically. It makes use of a wax pellet which is inside a sealed chamber. The wax is solid at low temperatures but when the engines heats up the wax will then melt and expand. The sealed chamber has an expansion provision that operates the rod that will open a valve when the operating temperature is exceeded. However, the operating temperature is fixed, but it is also determined by the specific composition of the wax. Therefore thermostats of this type can maintain different temperatures, often in the range of 70 degC to 90 degC, which is 160 to 200 degF.
Modern engines are run at over 80 degC or 180 degF, which is quite hot, but it is in order to run more efficiently and to reduce the emission of pollutants.
A lot of thermostats contain a small hole in which they vent any gas that might get into the system. In other words, if air is introduced during the coolant replacement. Modern cooling systems contain a relief valve in the form of a spring-loaded radiator pressure cap, that has a tube leading to a partially filled expansion reservoir. Because of the high temperature, the cooling system becomes pressurized to a maximum that is set by the relief valve. The additional pressure will then increase the boiling point of the coolant and that would be above that of the atmospheric pressure.
Just wanted to clear this up for all the mechanics out there who think we dont need thrmostats.