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Old 04-21-2004, 22:06   #1 (permalink)
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When I bought my car in 2000 it had a faulty thermostat which was fixed the following year. All was fine until this year, where I have had the following wonderful experiences...

* Themostat siezed shut. When I went to start the car to let it run, the temperature would go up and up, and was heading into the red zone when I had to turn it off. Time for a new thermostat.

* $24 or so later, I had a new Tridon thermostat, this time dual-acting. I went to start the car, but it was running so cold that no matter how long I let it idle, it would not go into the normal zone.

* I thought my lucky break came when the local Ford dealer was selling dual acting Motorcraft thermostats for $5 each (I was told their normal price was $40!) so I bought the last 2 they had. I went today to put it in, despite supposedly fitting 'Most 6 cyl Falcons from 1988', it is too small, and the weird gasket thing makes no sense whatsoever.

I'm thinking I should just apportion more money to fuel when (sorry, if) I get the car on the road and have no thermostat whatsoever. :sook:
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Re: Winner of Worst Thermostat Story™ revealed!

you got pics of the parts in question, maybe some one can make quick sense of the problem for you.

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OK pic:



The Motorcraft one is a different size, though it's got a very stiff spring compared to the Tridon so would certainly not run as cold.

Any advice appreciated!
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Re: Winner of Worst Thermostat Story™ revealed!

Seriously, walk into Ford and ask for one. Mine runs fine, and if you ignore the fact I got one and it seized shut 6 weeks into it's life you have no worries.
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Re: Winner of Worst Thermostat Story™ revealed!

Can someone show me where the thermostat is located?
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Did you buy a rubber seal for the Tridon one, or were you using just their dodgy paper gasket?

You need to buy the rubber seal which fits around it, otherwise it won't work. Put the paper seal in the bin where it belongs.
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Take those two bolts off, watch the coolant piss everywhere and the thermostat is in there.
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Take those two bolts off, watch the coolant piss everywhere
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I was a dikhead and did that while the motor was still warm...hello scalded hands and green engine bay
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Been there and done that with temp sensors
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Thanks Rob Are they easy to replace?
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