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Thanks to Patrick and others for auto discussion.  Very helpful.


On Fri, 7 Jan 2005 14:38:46 -0500, Haskell, Patrick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Rich K:
> > Patrick Haskell contemplates -
> > >I don't know how easy it is to get to on a modern Suby, but
> > I suppose I
> > >should check since mine is getting on 150,000 miles.)
> >
> > My experience is there is no "checking".  Through much pain
> > I've learned not
> > to be "pro-active/pre-emptive with thermostats, they can be
> > very finicky.
> > If it is working at 150,000 or more just leave it alone.  A
> > "check" will
> > only be followed by problems.  If you must, buy a new one,
> > keep it in the
> > box and toss it in under your seat.  If you don't carry tools
> > with you,
> > figure out what wrench you'd need and add that under your
> > seat (if you need
> > to replace it on the fly you can but let the motor cool or/and be very
> > careful not to get burned).
> > Let sleeping dogs lie!
> > Rich
>
>
> I wholeheartedly agree about leaving it alone.  I was referring to
> checking where it is in the engine so I could make a change if it went
> during a roadtrip at night.  They are somewhat fickle little buggers, so
> there's no point pulling them out unless the car has already overheated.
> I had a old carbeureted Nissan 250,000+ miles on it with a failing
> cooling system that kept burning out the thermocouple on it.  I carried
> a spare and a good book around for the inevitable times the thermostat
> would be killed by the problem cooling system.  It became such a common
> event (every few months for a year), that I could tell when the
> thermostat had blown early enough to keep the engine from blowing off
> steam, so I didn't have to sit around as long to make the change.
>
> Note you might not even need much in the way of tools.  The thermostats
> I've replaced have been accessible via hose clamp, either a spring
> version or your basic flathead screwdriver/1/4-inch nut driver version.
>
>
> -Patrick
>
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