Symptoms of a Failing Vehicle Thermostat

Is My Vehicle’s Thermostat Not Working?

Symptoms of a Failing Vehicle Thermostat

Here in Vermont, it is REALLY cold! It is bad enough when we need to go outside to get to our vehicle, but it can be awful when our vehicle’s cabin refuses to warm up. What is causing the issue?

Illustration of a cooling system in a vehicleThere are a few different issues that could be causing a cold cabin, but there is a possibility that it could be a failing thermostat. The thermostat of your vehicle is typically located between the engine and the cabin, and its job is to keep the engine and its components operating at the proper temperature by opening and closing to release warm and cold air. As your vehicle gets some age on it, the thermostat may start to malfunction and get stuck. When the thermostat is stuck in the open position, cold air will constantly blow into your vehicle’s cabin and you will experience a cold ride. If the thermostat is stuck in the closed position, hot air will accumulate under the hood and your engine will be in danger overheating – and that can cause some serious and expensive damage.

Where Can I Find a Copy of My Vehicle’s Owner’s Manual?

How Do I Know if My Vehicle’s Thermostat Isn’t Working?

In addition to the cold vehicle cabin, your “Check Engine” light might be on, and your engine might be running hotter than normal. If you are in the danger zone on your temperature gauge, turn off your engine immediately!

A dysfunctional thermostat is not one of those things that you can put off until a rainy day, so you should have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. If your vehicle is experiencing either of these symptoms, please contact us here at Poulin Auto Sales, where our service center will be more than happy to fix the thermostat for you.

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