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When thermostat bad


What do you mean by your thermostat is bad? Does it refuse to open causing your vehicle to overheat? Is it sticking open causing your vehicle to not reach operating temp? In some case buying cheap thermostats have been known to fail frequently, i've changed the thermostat on vehicles before using cheap parts and had two brand new ones in a row fail. You can test a thermostat by heating water on the stove and testing the temperature with a meat thermometer, the thermostat should retract its spring around the posted temperature that its made for. In most cases its written somewhere on the thermostat itself. If you can describe what problem you're having with the vehicle itself in more detail it will be easier to diagnose your problem.

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Overheating replaced the thermostat housing and thermostat fluid is not circulating the temp light comes on when it is cold


It sounds like the thermostat is bad. The thermostat is mechanical, it's not activated by an external sensor and likely needs to be replaced.

Jan 11, 2013 | 1998 Volkswagen Jetta

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Rad fan not working will bad thermostat cause that


Yes, a bad thermostat could cause the fan not to work. The thermostat has to go above a certain temperature to make the fan work. If it is not reaching that temp then the fan will not get activated. Also, a bad relay can cause the same problem. If the thermostat is fine and going above that required temp then a bad relay will not pass the instructions to the fan and it will not get activated. Hence, you must check the relay as well.

Jul 03, 2011 | 2001 Pontiac Aztek

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My 2000 Jetta TDI blows cold air while driving. No fun this winter! I would expect a bad thermostat; but I understand if the thermostat is bad a warning light would be lit on the dash. Is that the case?


No, this is not your case. If the thermostat is bad any warning light would be lit on the dash.
First time you might check the thermostat operating.
Heed of antifreeze coolant temperature!!!

The thermostat location for 2000 VW Jetta 1.9 TDI, is on back of the alternator at the bottom side of the bracket.
IMPORTANT: It is NOT necessary to replace the alternator if you want to change the thermostat !!!
Thermostat checking:
1. Cold engine. Start up the engine and watch of the water temp indicator. After first value 60 Celsius Degree you still warm up the engine until the lifter (pointer) reach 80 C deg. (second mark after 60 C deg.). At this time you let engine running at idle speed and check with your hand the thermostat plastic housing and hose temperature in bottom left side of the engine. Heed of alternator driving belt and ventilator fan !!!
2. If the thermostat is good the hose must be cold until the water temp indicator reach almost 90 C deg.
3. The thermostat opening temperature is 87 C deg.
4. If the hose is already warm the thermostat is out of order.

Thermostat location, Part number: 044121113, in german - "Kuehlregle" (Price around $25):


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Important note: Always replace the thermostat round seal, position 7 in the above picture.

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Feb 11, 2011 | 2000 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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My 2001 chevy impala keeps over heating and I don't know why. I've replaced the radiator and fans recently so they are good. The fans don't turn on most of the time though. Is there a sensor that could be...


It's possible that the thermostat has gone bad. If the valve on the thermostat remains closed, it's possible that water isn't flowing to the sensor that controls the radiator fans, thus you wont get an increase is fan operation.

The good news is that a thermostat is only about $7-10, and the replacement is relatively simple. I would give it a shot. If it doesn't work, at least now you have a new, reliable thermostat installed.

Sep 09, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Impala

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Temp runs only 180 degrees. High temp thermostat


yes thermostats wear out. make sure your cooling fans are not running at the low temp you have. you may have a bad temp sending unit. also you gauge send ing unit could be bad.

Dec 28, 2009 | 2003 Buick Park Avenue

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Car overheats when driving but cools when idling.s this likely a thermostat? Where is the thermostat located on a 2003 model?


Could be a bad water pump, loose belt, bad thermostat, bad gauge, low coolant level, dirty or plugged radiator. Not necessarily the thermostat. I would take it to a mechanic.

Oct 17, 2009 | 2003 Chrysler Town & Country

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Coolant temp. below thermostat regulating temp


bad thermostat...it is stuck in an open loop.

Oct 08, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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