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Old 01-12-2018, 07:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I replaced the t-stat last May because the engine/coolant wasn't coming up to temp. Usually the needle is just a hair over half way and it was reading 1/4. The repair seemed to work and the car has been operating well. Until right before Christmas. And that God-awful 2-week long sub-freezing cold snap that was just through the NE. Car just refused to warm up past 1/4 on the gauge. Yeah, I fuh-ROSE my tuchus off for those 2 weeks. Luckily, the replacement t-stat (from ebay) had a 1 year warranty on it the seller honored and sent me a replacement. I was good to go. Or so I thought. It was 64 degrees today and a fine day in January to replace a t-stat real quick. Finished the swap, started the car and let idle for awhile to get the engine warm... same deal. Needle goes a little bit higher, but realistically, it's still the same and something's not operating correctly. The car runs fine otherwise. The CEL has been coming on/going off with greater frequency lately, but when I checked the code it was emissions/cat related. And of course the power assist steering warning light does the same thing, and has for years... Did I mention this car now has 276K miles on it? lol... Could it be the replacement part? It says 87 degrees, not sure what that means. Anybody?
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I'm still open to suggestions on this. Someone PM'd me, but clunky ol' me can't seem to find it, or deleted it inadvertently oops...
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Suzisuzuki! Hope things are good. Ok so the cell for the cat is probably unrelated. You should try to track down that problem as well as it can cause some problems for you. You don’t say what code you’ve gotten but could be as simple as a new o2 sensor. Not w onto the thermostat. I have absolutely no idea lol. Ok a little joke. If you want to car to warm up to operations temp, take it for a drive. If it’s as cold as you say letting it idle could take a while to warm. It’s also possible you’ve gotten a bad thermostat. There is a way you can test to see if it’s working correctly but I’m not sure if the specifics. One way is to put it into hot water and see when it opens. Oh! Also make sure it’s in the correct way. I guess if it was backwards it would just let water through constantly and the car wouldnt warm up. Not sure if that’s possible to do though. You can find how to test the thermostat with hot water on your stove directions online. Hope this helps a little lol. Let us know what happens
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