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Thermostat Replacement

What is a car thermostat?

Thermostat replacement; a car thermostat is a device used to keep the car’s engine at a certain temperature. The thermostat controls the amount of hot water that travels through the radiator.

What does a thermostat do?

A thermostat has multiple jobs. It regulates coolant temperature by opening coolant passageways. For example, in the morning when your car is cold, a majority of your engine’s coolant passageways are closed to allow the engine to heat up. When your engine is cold, your car uses more gas. When the engine warms up, and archives close loop fuel control, it uses less gas.

Your car’s coolant or antifreeze is kept within the engine and outside of the engine in a reservoir and radiator. When the engine starts, the coolant is used to cool down the mechanical components to help reach the optimal running temperature. The thermostat’s valve will open to allow the coolant to reach the engine! 

Do all cars have thermostats?

All modern gasoline power vehicles have at least one thermostat when sold from the manufacturer. One of your thermostats is connected and used for your car’s AC system, while the other is used to help cool down your engine. 

Mercedes Thermostat

How does a car thermostat work?

The average human body temperature is 98.6 degrees F. If your body is above that temperature, it means that there is probably something wrong. The engine is the same way! The average engine temperature is between 180-220 degrees

The mechanical reaction of a car thermostat

When a vehicle thermostat reaches the optimal temperature the spring on the thermostat will compress down onto the wax while the wax is slowly melting. When the wax is melted, the rod connected to the valves, blocking the coolant from flowing to the engine, will open allowing your coolant to flow into the engine. Without your thermostat, your engine would take a very long time to warm up to operating temperature. 

When your car is cold, the thermostat reads the temperature and the wax begins to solidify. This closes the valve that your coolant is supposed to come out of, stopping the engine from cooling and allowing it to get warm! 

What are the different types of car thermostats?

There are 3 main kinds of thermostats, The first one is the conventional wax thermostat. The wax thermostat works by converting thermal energy into mechanical energy. It does this by the wax on the thermostat getting hot and melting! 

The electrically-heated wax thermostat uses wax, like the conventional wax thermostat. Unlike the conventional thermostat, the electrically heated thermostat controls the temperature of the wax.

Electrically actuated thermostats increase engine combustion efficiency. They also reduce emissions! These thermostats are usually found in newer cars!

Thermostat Replacement
How long does a thermostat last?
Usually, electrically actuated thermostats last up to 10 years. If your engine if overheating though, your thermostat should most likely be replaced, since your thermostat controls the temperature of your engine and its surrounding areas. 
Conventional wax thermostats last about 10 years too. Normally, once a new kind of thermostat comes out, people have it replaced. Another reason that someone may have their thermostat replaced is that their AC won’t turn on or off when it is supposed to, or at all. 
The electrically-heated wax thermostat also lasts 10 years. Short cycling is a sign that your electrically heated wax thermostat should be replaced. It’s important to have your thermostat checked out often. 


Where can I get thermostat replacement?

Tedious Repairs has been fixing thermostats for over 13 years. They offer thermostat repair on cars and trucks! They fix electrically actuated thermostats, Conventional wax thermostats, and more! 

Since 2008 Tedious Repairs has been offering the Chico community the high-quality automotive services they need. 

Bring your car down today to receive any thermostat repair or thermostat replacement that you need! You can schedule an online appointment, or give us a call! 

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Honda Thermostat

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