Question about 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara
You will be fine for a few days not if you live were it gets cold then you wont have any heat
Posted on Nov 04, 2010
The thermostat is used to get the engine to operating temp as quick as possible(by shutting off coolant flow to the radiator) and then keep it there(by opening and closing) to aid optimum fuel consumption and emissions.
The vehicle will therefore take longer to heat up and the temperature guage will not remain constant(as engine temp will now fluctuate) but the vehicle is safe to drive this way. Take care not to gun the motor until it has reached operating temperature as this unnecessarily increases wear.
Posted on Nov 04, 2010
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Disconnect the negative battery cable. Remove the accessory drive belt. Using a 9/16mm wrench, loosen the power steering pump bolts, then slide the pump forward. Do not remove the power steering pump. Remove the power steering pump braces.
Disconnect the spark plug wires. Using a 9/16 mm wrench, remove the valve cover bolts. Lift the valve cover to remove it. Using a flathead screwdriver, gently nudge and remove the old valve cover gasket.
Clean the gasket seating area using automotive engine cleaner and a clean cloth rag. Make sure that all debris is removed. Place the new gasket into place. Apply gasket sealant and place the valve cover back into place.
Tighten the bolts securing the cover into place using a torque wrench. Reconnect the spark plug wires. Reinstall the power steering pump braces. Place the power steering pump back into position. Using a 9/16 mm wrench tighten the bolts that secured it into place. Reinstall the accessory drive belt.
Ensure that the negative battery cable is disconnected. Locate and remove the accessory drive belt. Using a 9/16 mm wrench, disconnect the bolt attaching the alternator to the brace.
Remove the brace to gain access to the additional parts that will be removed. Disconnect and remove the spark plug wire harness. Using a 9/16 mm wrench, remove the bolts securing the valve cover. Lift up and remove the valve cover.
Use a flathead screwdriver to gently nudge the old valve cover gasket to remove it. Do not scratch the gasket seating area when removing the valve cover gasket. Make sure that all debris and particles are removed from the gasket seating area.
Place the new gasket in the gasket seating area. Using a torque wrench tighten the valve cover gasket bolts. Reinstall the spark plug wire harness. Put the alternator brace back into position and tighten the bolt that secures it into place.
Reinstall the accessory drive belt. Reconnect the negative battery cable. Add oil to the car and start the engine. Allow the engine to run idle for 10 to 15 minutes. Drive the car a short distance to check for leaks.
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