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Old 04 Nov 2012, 07:09 am
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I figured with the small amount of time and money I spent on the PT that I would give it a few weeks before I tackled yet anorher job. I was wrong. The car has a cool running temp and has had such since I left the yard, seems like a thermostat is in my immediate future. Can't run around on the highway without heat, lol!
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Old 04 Nov 2012, 07:53 am
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Running cool no the usual problem. Good thing it's a easy fix.
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Old 04 Nov 2012, 09:03 am
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Am I correct in thinking the fail-safe thermostat failed in the open position?
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Am I correct in thinking the fail-safe thermostat failed in the open position?
That would be my thought.
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Then off to NAPA I go, lol!
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Old 04 Nov 2012, 09:18 am
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I need to cool it on repairs to the PT or the wife is going to make me drive Duramaximized.
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Old 04 Nov 2012, 12:49 pm
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I need to cool it on repairs to the PT or the wife is going to make me drive Duramaximized.
That will cost more than the repairs.
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Wait? Hmmm how do you know it is running cool? If the thermostat was in the open position your temperature gauge would fluctuate up and down a lot also at some point you would more then likely over heat the coolant. Naturally that would depend on the ambient in your area. If your temperatures in your area are below 45 degree's all the time then that would probably control and prevent over heating the coolant in normal driving applications?

You say heat, are you referring to the passenger interior. Inn that case it will be the operating controls of the interior environment. PT's have a HVAC system. Heater Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The coolant is constant flow and the air temperature is control via doors and vacuum control valves depending on the year and model PT. It may not be necessarily a part needing to be replaced but something simply disconnected?
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Old 04 Nov 2012, 05:32 pm
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Wait? Hmmm how do you know it is running cool? If the thermostat was in the open position your temperature gauge would fluctuate up and down a lot also at some point you would more then likely over heat the coolant. Naturally that would depend on the ambient in your area. If your temperatures in your area are below 45 degree's all the time then that would probably control and prevent over heating the coolant in normal driving applications?

You say heat, are you referring to the passenger interior. Inn that case it will be the operating controls of the interior environment. PT's have a HVAC system. Heater Ventilation and Air Conditioning. The coolant is constant flow and the air temperature is control via doors and vacuum control valves depending on the year and model PT. It may not be necessarily a part needing to be replaced but something simply disconnected?
Thank you for the post, but the engine is running cold, ambient tempos low 40* into the low 30's.

As for the problem, I put in the $14.99 fail safe thermostat and the car now builds and retains heat. Although it does fluctuate, but only when the thermostat opens and allows the cooler water/coolant into the engine, but its only a variation of 10* if I had to guess.

And again, thanks for the help and suggestions.
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Old 04 Nov 2012, 05:46 pm
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Default Re: Not done yet.

The torque converter seems to be locking up now, something I hadn't noticed before.
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