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Old 10-16-2007, 07:26 AM   #1
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Hi all. "Clyde" wants to know if our car can run without a thermostat. He says he'* done it to some of his previous cars. The thermostat is not opening up, and low coolant light comes on. He says removing it will allow coolant to flow better. I'm only relaying a question for him, what do I know lol.
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Tell Clyde it'* possible, the car will not run quite right (not reaching temp) and gas mileage will suffer.

I'd opt to put a new T stat into it...especially with winter coming. heat is a nice thing.

Have him look for cracks in the plastic endcaps of the radiator while he'* at it.
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Ok, ty. I'll update on it after he checks it out.
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I would strongly discourage anyone from running without a thermostat on a daily driver.
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The drilled T-Stat didn't work?? That seems to be the way to go.

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I'd like to see a pic of that drilled thermostat if possible.
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Well, it hasn't been drilled because of a thread I read that says residents of harsh winter areas don't have to drill it.
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Yay! Clyde replaced a leaky radiator hose which took care of the low coolant light coming on, and he drilled a 1/16" hole in tstat, but I forgot to take a pic of it. Sorry, Willwren.
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