Addressing Auto Problems: Should You Replace Your Thermostat?
Auto thermostats are generally expected to last a driver around two to three years. There are, however, some exceptions to the rule. Some thermostats can last for up to five years. But if you encounter frequent overheating problems, or if you notice that cold air is blowing from your auto’s vents, then you need to check your thermostat and replace it, when needed.
As with the rest of your auto parts, picking out a thermostat depends on your vehicle’s specifications. You need to find a thermostat that’s crafted to work with your auto’s make and model. Thermostat rating levels usually vary, with some having rating levels of 160 and others 195 degrees Fahrenheit. If your owner’s manual doesn’t provide much info regarding your thermostat, then your best recourse is to purchase a thermostat that’s most similar to the current model you’re using.
Keep in mind that there are two primary types of thermostats available: dual-acting and standard. Dual-acting thermostats are especially designed to shut down your auto’s bypass circuit, and while this type of thermostat may sound appealing, you need to pick a replacement that matches the current type you’re using. If for example, you choose to replace your standard thermostat with a dual-acting one, expect this auto part to malfunction. So, the lesson here is to follow your auto’s requirements… to a tee, if possible.
You can usually buy thermostats online. But if you have a good auto parts store nearby, then you may want to make your purchase there. If none of the thermostats featured in the parts store are compatible with your vehicle, you can make a special order, and the store can usually obtain the product for you within a couple of days.
Before making a purchase, remember to ask if the thermostat comes with a gasket. Most vehicles will require you to change the gasket along with the thermostat, so be sure to make the inquiry and the purchase (if necessary).
I’ll have to cut this post short right now, but the next post should give you instructions on how to replace your thermostat.
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