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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-05-2015, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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My Junk Thermostat

I recently replaced what I believe to be the original Toyota thermostat. Is this the typical failure mode?


It was throwing a coolant temp too low code.
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That is exactly the major failure here that people are experiencing.

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Yup. Looks just like mine.
I prefer stuck open like that then stuck closed. My other car over heated like crazy when (all metal) t-stat stuck closed. Results were towing and possible head gasket job.
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Yup. Looks just like mine.
I prefer stuck open like that then stuck closed. My other car over heated like crazy when (all metal) t-stat stuck closed. Results were towing and possible head gasket job.



Hmmm, i thought the all metal ones were the good ones?
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Oh god! Another thing to worry about!

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Apologies. I just noticed that there is fuzz on my jiggle valve.
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I had mine stick closed one morning in my '05 elise. Thank God I noticed it as it hit around *265 and was able to shut the car down and pull off the road(was only doing 30mph). I checked all my fluid levels and everything seemed to check out fine. Started the car back up a bit later and all was back to normal. Only happened once about 3 years ago and never acted up again. No damage occurred. Not sure if it was a mis-read or the thermostat was actually stuck.

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I noticed it as it hit *145
I am confused.

my gauge does not even start to display until approx 160F
and 145C is approx 293F so I dont think your are reading C

where/what is 145?

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I'd be confused too! Correction, it was at something like *265(mistyped). Operating temps here in FL. are normally around 180/190 in the summertime, 205 in standing traffic. At any rate is was were it starts flashing to let you know its going to overheat.

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