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Old 07-30-2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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Lifespan of a thermostat

Planning to do coolant flush soon. Should be the first time for this car. There is some recommendation on the HHR boards to go ahead replace the thermostat while the flush is done. It would be an excuse to try a warmer thermostat, but I don't see the point if the old one isn't broke and has plenty of life left.

What are the opinions here?
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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Re: Lifespan of a thermostat

2 things...

1)you cannot properly flush the system w/out removing it
2)always(every time) replace it if you flush, replace hoses, install radiator, etc

very cheap maintenance...it would be a waste to do any coolant service then have to go back and drain and refill again!

190 or 195*F could yield better economy
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Re: Lifespan of a thermostat

Thermostats are cheap, if you have it apart anyway, just replace it.
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Re: Lifespan of a thermostat

a thermostat is 10 bucks... JUST REPLACE IT.
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Re: Lifespan of a thermostat

I would have had to pay over $80 for the proper 192 F thermostat at the Honda dealer up here in Canada.. they gave it to me because they had to order it in and it was late getting in.
I'm sure the girl that gave it to me was in trouble after that, but hey ..customer service was nice from a dealer for a change.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:10 AM   #6
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Re: Lifespan of a thermostat

It was $21 here. No luck finding a higher temp one though. Stuck at 180F.
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Re: Lifespan of a thermostat

I'd say if 180 is what the manufacturer recommends, that's what I'd put back in. If you raise it to a 195 the computer may start richening up the mix or playing with the timing to try and cool it back down.
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Re: Lifespan of a thermostat

^I agree here.
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