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Can you drive a car with a bro ken thermostat?

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Can you drive a car with a bro ken thermostat?

Can I Still Drive with a Bad Thermostat? The easy answer to this question is no. While your car may be physically able to move and get you from Point A to Point B, you will want to refrain from operating your vehicle. This can lead to more parts of your vehicle being damaged, especially if the engine is overheating.

Can you run a car with a broken thermostat valve?

You can take the thermostat out, or better still, just take the broken valve out of the thermostat. The engine will take a lot longer to warm up, so just go easy. But it will run fine. Well, for older engines anyway. New engines I am not so sure about, or even where the thermostat might be. .

How long can you drive a car without a thermostat?

How long can you drive a car without a thermostat? Forever. The engine won’t be damaged. But… in winter, you’ll stay cold longer because the engine won’t warm up as fast, & probably won’t get up to normal operating temp.

What happens if the thermostat is left open in a car?

If the thermostat is permantly closed the engine will overheat and cause mechanical damage to the engine. If the thermostat is permantly open the engine will not reach operating temperature causing poor combustion excess fuel consumption and eventual failure of sensors and pluged cat and exhause as well as carboned pistons and valves.

What is a thermostat in a car?

Car thermostats are the small device that sits between the radiator and the engine of a liquid-cooled car. The thermostat in most cars is about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and play an important role in the car which is to regulate the flow of the engine coolant from the engine to the radiator.

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