The question of whether it is good to remove a thermostat or not will be our focus for today.
In this post, we’ll give you all the answers you need. So keep reading to find out for yourself.
So let’s move to our discussion right away.
Cars are built with thermostats for a reason. Don’t you think so? However, many car owners are fond of removing thermostats from their cars.
That’s because they thought it will solve overheating in engines.
Not knowing that they are causing more harm than good for their cars. This is why we have so many defective cars in Nigeria. That’s because the aim of setting a thermostat in cars has been defeated.
Should I Remove Thermostat in My Car?
The answer is no. Your problem may be fixed temporarily, but be sure to have problems with your car afterward.
Likewise, it’s not mechanically wise to remove the thermostat in a car.
This is because the thermostat has an important function to play in the cooling system of car engines.
Consequently, the removal of a thermostat has its implications. That is what we will be examining at the moment.
Increase Fuel Usage
By removing a thermostat, the engine can have a lower temperature. And this should not happen.
Car engines are required to operate at a normal temperature. Thus, when engines discover they are operating at a lower temperature, they will have to consume a lot of fuel to heat the engine.
Furthermore, when engines consume a great deal of fuel, there are drawbacks. This could result in engine wear, due to the excess fuel that will clean the oil in the cylinder bore.
Knocking down the car’s engine is the final result of pulling out a thermostat. This is due to the failure that will occur in the cooling system on these cars. How is that possible?
As fuel consumption goes up, the temperature goes up as well. And when the heat becomes unbearable for the engine, it then explodes.
I suppose this is not the situation you will love to encounter.
Losing a whole engine is no less than losing a car. That’s because a car doesn’t work without an engine running. If you try restoring the knocked engine, you will have to spend a lot of money.
The Situation is Compounded
Instead of solving overheating in cars, the situation only gets worse when the thermostat is removed.
It’s because there’s going to be excessive heat in the radiator. And the thermostat that is supposed to regulate the temperature coming into the radiator coolant has been removed.
Hence, the coolant still circulates throughout the engine without reducing heat.
This situation will result in overheating car engines.
You may find overheat more frustrating, especially when you are trapped in traffic. Then, if you don’t want this situation caught up with you, don’t tamper with your thermostat.
The Engine Becomes Unstable
When your motor trembles strongly, this is a sign that your thermostat has developed a defect or removed.
As we mentioned earlier, the cooling system malfunctions when a thermostat is removed. And it will result in abnormalities in the engine.
Therefore, these abnormalities are the ones that will cause instability in your engine. This is why you will experience some vibrations in your engines, because of the growing problem.
How Can I Tackle Overheating in my Car?
There are many things you can do to tackle overheating in cars. But not by removing the thermostat. In this section, we will explore these options.
Let the airflow through
In the event where your engine overheats, you should first open the burnet. This is to allow a cool breeze to reduce the heat emitted from the engine.
You can also slightly open your car windows so that excess heat trapped in the car can escape. And allow the fresh air to circulate and make the car cool enough.
Add Water to the Radiator
You can cope with overheat by adding water to the radiator. Especially if the coolant is dry or nearly empty. This will reduce the amount of excess heat generated by the engine.
This method is only employed when unforeseen overheating occurs. It is not advisable to add water to the radiators in a normal situation. While you do that, make sure you don’t drive a long distance.
Tips for Precaution
Taking precautions will avert all the problems that come with overheating. So many people suffer from overheating engines because they do not take preventive measures.
Below are some tips to avoid overheats in engines.
Top Up the Engine with more Coolant
As a car owner, you are expected to routinely inspect your car’s engine for coolant levels.
Once the coolant level gets too low, you will need to add additional coolants. This will allow the thermostat to effectively regulate the heat flux in the engine.
Failure to do so can cause overheating issues.
Have Your Cooling System Checked
Not all the overheating is due to the removal of the thermostat.
With your thermostat in the closed position, it can cause overheating. Another situation will be that the thermostat is severely damaged. And you will need to replace it with a new one.
Another issue could be that the radiator is blocked. Or the gasket is blown. Regardless of the situation, it can cause serious engine overheat.
Therefore, ask your mechanic to verify the failure of the cooling system. But not to take out the thermostat
Ensure Radiator Fan Works Efficiently
In the event of mechanical failure, the radiator fan may become inoperative. So when the radiator fan does not run as it should be, it can cause overheating in your automobile.
For this reason, it is essential to check the radiator regularly.
For you to read to this point, we believe you have seen good reasons not to remove a thermostat in the name of avoiding overheating.
Whenever your car gets overheated, don’t think about removing the thermostat. Even if the thermostat is damaged, try and make the replacement.
Driving a car without a thermostat is going to do more harm than good for your car.