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PostSubject: Thermostat failure   Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:49 pm

Ok so technically it's not a Volvo, but what I learned should apply to all cars.

I noticed that the temp gauge was up to around 2/3 coming back on a 2 hour drive about a week ago - the temp gauge NEVER goes over halfway on this car (even when you lock your keys in it with the engine running and AC on when it's 108F outside).

Moral of the story - when your car gives you an indication that something is wrong, DON"T IGNORE IT.

Thermostat failed completely today in the stuck closed position. Took me 2.5 hours to get it back home 10 miles or less. Drive for 2 min, stop for 20. Repeat.

Pics of the carnage: (yeah I managed to shear off BOTH bolts on the thermostat housing)

Here we go - sorry my camera sucks at close ups they never come out in focus.









Calling it quits for tonight. Vicegrips didn't budge it, and I'm not going to FUBAR the threads. Time to buy a socket stud extractor.
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PostSubject: Re: Thermostat failure   Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:11 pm

Those look like they'll come out.
Soak with penetrant
Fire in the morning.
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PostSubject: Re: Thermostat failure   Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:26 pm

Yea put some PB blaster on that bitch!
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PostSubject: Re: Thermostat failure   Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:47 am

Update: Studs extracted with small pipe wrench, thermostat replaced, car still overheats. Coolant is not flowing.

I abandoned my Japanese girl tonight for the Swede. They both needed lovin, but the wagon won out.
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