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Frequently asked questions about car thermostat replacement & repairs

Read our answers to questions about car thermostat replacement costs, symptoms and more.

What does a Thermostat do?

The thermostat is part of the cooling system in every car. It consists of a metal valve that regulates the amount of coolant that flows to the engine. It maintains the engine's temperature at a constant and optimal level. If the engine runs hot the valve in the thermostat opens and lets more coolant flow to the engine (from the radiator) in other cases it stays closed.

What does a thermostat replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will read the ECU to see if there are any related fault codes.
  • Mechanic will inspect the thermostat and the cooling system.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the thermostat.
  • Mechanic will close the cooling system and refill the system with engine coolant.
  • Mechanic will run the engine and, if necessary, test drive the car.
  • Mechanic will make any adjustments if necessary.

Can I replace a car thermostat myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a car thermostat replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the signs of a bad thermostat in your car?

  • When the 'Check Engine' light is on.
  • When the 'Engine Temperature warning light is on.
  • When the engine runs at a higher temperature than usual.
  • When the car's heater has failed.

How long does it take to change a thermostat in a car?

On average a car thermostat replacement will usually take around 1 hours, but can take anywhere from under 1 to over 2 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a range of factors. For example, your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace the thermostat?

Seeing that the thermostat is a component that is especially prone to wear it should always be serviced as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.

Do I need to replace the thermostat in my car?

Over time problems can occur with the thermostat due extensive use. The thermostat is in use when the engine runs with the valve opening and closing continuously, to keep the engine at the ideal temperature. It is one of the most common components in the cooling system to fail and can, moreover, lead to the engine overheating and potentially suffer severe engine damage.

Additionally, it can also get clogged up by dirt in the engine coolant meaning that less coolant can circulate through the system, causing the engine to overheat as well. Should you experience an issue like this or those listed earlier, it is advisable to have the thermostat inspected as soon as possible and, if necessary, have it replaced.

Can I drive with a faulty thermostat?

If you suspect there is any issue with your thermostat or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect and do not drive the vehicle. Driving with a faulty thermostat can lead to the engine overheating or lead further complications on your vehicle and potentially engine damage.

How much does it cost to replace thermostat housing?

Cost for a thermostat housing depends on your location, car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your thermostat housing replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Do I need to replace thermostat housing?

You should only replace the thermostat housing if it has been diagnosed by a professional mechanic that it needs replacing. If you are in doubt on whether the thermostat needs replacing check with a mechanic who can advise on the next steps.

What causes thermostat housing to leak?

Typical thermostat housing leaks can include:

  • Thermostat gasket is leaking
  • Thermostat housing has failed

What is the average lifespan of a thermostat?

In most cases, thermostats can last at least 10 years. This can be lower depending on factors such as how you drive and external factors.

Can I drive with a broken thermostat?

It is not recommended to drive with a faulty or broken thermostat as it can cause serious damage to the engine, and can lead to an overheating engine.

What happens if you don't replace a broken thermostat?

If you notice a dashboard warning light with a thermometer in two flowing waves, this could indicate a problem with the thermostat and engine temperature.

Ignoring this warning light could lead to the engine overheating and cause serious damage to the engine. It is recommended to stop as soon as it is safe to do so when the warning light illuminates so as to prevent any further damage to the engine.

Is a faulty thermostat an MOT failure?

A faulty thermostat in itself may not result in an MOT failure, however, it can result in other issues with associated car parts that could be observed by the MOT tester as a fault such as overheating or emissions fail. If you notice that the thermostat is faulty, it is best to get it checked and fixed as soon as possible to avoid risking an MOT failure.

How much does it cost to replace my car's thermostat?

Cost for a car thermostat replacement is on average £150, with prices ranging from £95 to £215. Ultimately, the cost of replacing the thermostat depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your thermostat replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!

Check out the ClickMechanic price for a car thermostat replacement. See the averages for different makes below. We consolidate industry standard data with millions of data points to give you the most accurate price. These estimates may include Engine coolant/antifreeze and Cooling system thermostat.

Estimates on average repair costs, such as the above results for a car thermostat replacement, are based on ClickMechanic's quote data which combines multiple third-party sources. Actual costs may vary. We provide estimates on average repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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