All vehicles are made up of complex systems and parts that work together to keep the automobile running smoothly and performing optimally at all times. When one or more of these parts begin to fail, it can create a series of damaging events to occur that can worsen a problem, can cause your car to become unreliable, and even worse, can keep it from running all together. In Jaguar vehicles, it is of primary importance to enact a preventive care regimen that can keep such problematic issues from coming up.
One problem that many Jaguar vehicles have experienced over time is thermostat issues—more specifically, problems with the thermostat housing. In this article, we’ll talk a little bit more about what a thermostat housing is, how to recognize the signs of failure or malfunctioning in your Jaguar, and what to do next. Your engine’s thermostat serves a very important function, and therefore so does the thermostat housing. Here’s a more information on the issue and how to deal with it:
In most vehicle engines, the thermostat housing surrounds the thermostat itself, serving as a protective covering for the thermostat and also as an avenue for your engine’s coolant to travel by way of an opening and closing valve. Usually positioned on or near the engine block, the exact location may vary depending on your car’s brand and model. The uninterrupted flow of engine coolant is critical for maintaining your Jaguar’s internal temperature. Flowing through several engine components and parts, the thermostat housing connects to radiator hoses. Engine coolant also passes through the thermostat housing where it is then sent to the radiator for the temperature to be brought down.
The main symptom of a failing or damaged thermostat housing is leaking coolant. Noticing fluid leaks beneath your Jaguar’s engine is important because it may be the initial sign that something is going wrong. Furthermore, when the thermostat housing begins to fail, it can have a serious effect on the thermostat itself. If the thermostat becomes damaged, it can greatly impact your Jaguar’s performance. Coolant leaks can cause your engine to overheat, so it’s important to keep an eye on your temperature gauge on your dashboard. If you notice any of the aforementioned troubling symptoms of a failing thermostat or thermostat housing, it’s essential to bring your Jaguar to a Jaguar specialist immediately—as the problem will likely only worsen the longer it goes unaddressed.
Older Jaguar models have different kinds of thermostat housings that were often kept somewhat separate from the thermostat itself. Back then, this engineering detail made it especially difficult for automotive experts to repair a broken thermostat, as they would have to first take off the thermostat housing to get to the thermostat piece. Furthermore, finding replacements for the housing alone was expensive and challenging. An integrated thermostat housing is a much better alternative to the past design approach for several reasons. First of all, an integrated thermostat housing makes more sense for the repair and replacement process when a thermostat or housing are damaged because they are integrated into one whole piece that can be replaced quickly and efficiently. A more cost-effective solution, it also can save clients money on repairs. It also reduces the margin of error in replacements significantly.
The expert automotive technicians here at Pro Car Mechanics have provided services for a wide range of Jaguar models in the areas of Gardena, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Glendale, and Anaheim, CA. We offer competitive pricing for all European import maintenance and repair work because we believe that driving a luxury vehicle like a Jaguar is something everyone should be able to experience. Jaguars are special vehicles, and therefore require special care and attention. Bringing your Jaguar to simply any automotive shop reduces its quality of care significantly because the chances of incorrect or inadequate auto work are greatly heightened. If you suspect an issue with your Jaguar’s thermostat or thermostat housing, please don’t wait any longer to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping restore your Jaguar to its optimal performance level and getting you safely back on the road.
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