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How long can a car run w/out a thermostat?

What are the consequences of a car running without a thermostat?

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It will take a long time to reach operating temp heater won't blow as hot fuel consumption will be affected

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What's your question?can you run a 2.5 v6 sonata with out a thermostat

Yes, you can. You can run any vehicle without a thermostat as a short-term measure only.

Removal of the thermostat means that the engine coolant circulates through the radiator and cylinders nearest to the radiator ... those cylinders furthest away from the radiator will consequently run hotter..

Running a car without a thermostat is a short term, get you home measure. Manufacturers fit a thermostat for a good reason. Running a car without one for a prolonged period is going to cause problems

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Does the 1993 nissan sentra need its thermostat

Running an engine without a thermostat will allow it to run too cold. This will cause oil problems and fuel efficiency problems. The computer will make adjustments for a cold engine which will affect idle speed, timing, and pollution controls. You may have a plugged radiator or a water pump not moving enough water or a bad thermostat. The cost of a thermostat is much less than the damage you will cause running without one. If the radiator is plugged. running without a thermostat will not solve the over heating condition.

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2004 nissan quest overheating a little

You can run the engine without the thermostat as a test.
Not recommended to run it forever like that.
The problem could be air in the system, or a faulty water pump not making the coolant flow.

Jan 24, 2013 | 2004 Nissan Quest

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2007 Mitsubishi 380 thermostat problems

It will run however the car will never go into closed loop.Means it will run rich and gas mileage will suffer also burning out the oxygen sensors prematurely.

Oct 19, 2012 | 2007 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Will flushing the cooling system with a garden hose flush away and blockage

you should never run a vehicle without a thermostat if u believe it to be blocked it will take alot more than a water hose if blocked is suspected rust will be the culprit.running without thermostat wont let the motor heat up and cool down properly and create more problems.

Jun 05, 2012 | 1994 Pontiac Grand Am

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Can i take my thermostat out without harming the engine

yes, as long as the car is not running, it will be fine to take the thermostat out. just remember which way the thermostat came out so you will put the new one in properly, otherwise it can make your engine overheat.

Aug 08, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Run over a cavity "deep excavation" with high speed

this needs a motor vehicle technician to lift vehicle and inspect the damage ,but it will not be cheap because i should imagine that the lower track control arm is damaged ,and the tyre is now running out of alignment which is caused by the above

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How long can a car run w/out a thermostat

About as long as it would last otherwise. A little harder on wear and definately gas mileage ,running cold ,but not really a huge problem.

Dec 28, 2008 | 1993 Dodge Caravan

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Make sure you keep the thermostat in there, regardless of how it runs without it - it's a vital part of the car's cooling system and you're bound to run into trouble without it.

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