So, your car has a problem.

Thermostat.


What does this mean?

Coolant is always circulating through the engine (whenever it’s on). When the car is first started, water only circulates through the engine (not the radiator). Once it warms up, the coolant starts flowing through the radiator after it goes through the engine to cool off the coolant. The thermostat controls the flow through the radiator. When it’s closed, water only goes through the engine. When open, it goes through the engine, then through the radiator, then back into the engine. Commonly it gets stuck close.

How urgent?


On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 8. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?


Keep a very close eye on the temperature. If it gets near the red, it needs to be fixed immediately.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a
3

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