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Old 01-03-2012, 01:19 PM
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T-stat question

when I did my coolant flush last week, I pulled the t-stat housing to find no thermostat in it I went to the local auto parts store and bought a t-stat and installed it. While at the time, I didn't think too much of it, the t-stat went farther into the housing than I think it should, as if it were to small... but I didn't have anything to compare it to.

My question is, to those that have replaced them... did the t-stat sit down in the housing, or did it sit flush with the housing like I feel that it should have?

My boss just walked in and told me I have a coolant leak, so I bet it will probably be coming from the POS stock housing, as it was where my leak was in the first place.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:55 PM
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have you ever had one of those embarrassing moments where you realize you reallllly screwed up? This will be one of those...

Apparently, I should have called it a day before tackling the coolant flush, as I had been working on the truck all day and it was getting late... but, I was already nasty, and figured I would enjoy the next day off.

Anyway, yeah, the thermostat housing wasn't too big for the thermostat... the hose below the thermostat housing, however, is.
As you can see, the T-stat is on the top right, my new t-stat is sitting in the opening below that

So, now that I've put about 300 miles on it that way, what all have I potentially screwed up? Ultimately, it would nice if it were nothing, and the leak would disappear after correcting this fiasco, but with my luck... that is probably not the case
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:33 PM
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As long as you can fish the t-stat out and it didn't make it into the pump impeller, nothing should be damaged....provided the engine didn't overheat.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:36 PM
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Hope it's that simple... Engine never got over operating temp
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fixed my mistake last night (gotta love watching all of the money spent on ELC coolant pissed away), drove it to work this a.m. and it got up to operating temp for a while. It has been sitting for about 3 hours now, and no leaks so far... hope its fixed.

I am questioning if my t-stat is working correctly... as I did the coolant flush without removing it. Shouldn't it be closed until the truck is warmed up?
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