Do I need to replace my thermostat

Asked by Jul 02, 2013 at 05:17 PM about the 2004 Vauxhall Vectra

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a diesel vectra, 04 reg.  I bought it with about 60,000 miles on the clock.  Ever since I have had it I have had a problem when driving it over long distances.  After a while, or some hard driving it loses power, shows a spanner on the dashboard and I'm thinking that the engine goes into some safe mode.  Recently I've begun to think it could be that the engine is getting a little hot.  The temp gauge does not show that is undely hot but the spanner may appear after driving about half an hour if I am doing some hill climbing or driving hard.  Do you think it could be that the thermostat is not opening wide enough?

6 Answers

780

yes, if you can get your hands on a thermal gun, could point it at the radiator to see if that one is plugging and the heat is concentrated in one spot, and yes please put a new thermostat in at the correct temperature (195 usually)...be sure to dispose of the coolant in an environmentally responsible fashion....collect into jugs with a funnel, then take them to the auto parts store for recycling -or- if it smells okay is not tainted with corrosion just put that back in~...chances are that you will have to take it over to the autoparts shop and put new 50/50 mix in there...hopefully someone has not done something unfortunate and used common tap water to top it off with....this will lead to failures lik e you've been experiencing...would recommend a "coolant flush" like we used to do in 1993 with the garden hose and some compressed air, but it takes a special community to deal with the polluted water this creates~

1 people found this helpful.
780

here's the gig~

1 people found this helpful.

judge_roy Thanks for that. I'll get onto it. Brokenspanner

780

yes...the lazer dot with thermal report is always a treat to play with....like a kitty cat chasin' a lazer dot is the sense of abandonment that it gives~...also useful data....a coolant flush, yes, but replacement if needed...y'know~

780

why does your name remind me of John Lennon?

780

"a spanner in the works"~

Your answer:

Looking for a Used Vectra in your area?

CarGurus has 221 nationwide Vectra listings starting at £499.

Postcode:

Vauxhall Vectra experts

  • #1
    GeoffDavis
    Reputation
    330
  • #2
    SHANE3767
    Reputation
    290
  • #3
    Steve Gibson
    Reputation
    170
View all

Related Models For Sale

Vauxhall Astra for sale
330 Great deals out of 6,225 listings starting at £695
Ford Mondeo for sale
98 Great deals out of 2,080 listings starting at £599
Vauxhall Zafira for sale
47 Great deals out of 963 listings starting at £400
Ford Focus for sale
550 Great deals out of 10,510 listings starting at £299
Vauxhall Corsa for sale
409 Great deals out of 8,942 listings starting at £275
Volkswagen Passat for sale
87 Great deals out of 1,769 listings starting at £950
Honda Civic for sale
166 Great deals out of 2,402 listings starting at £550
Ford Fiesta for sale
544 Great deals out of 13,404 listings starting at £690
BMW 3 Series for sale
336 Great deals out of 5,454 listings starting at £990
Audi A4 for sale
109 Great deals out of 1,782 listings starting at £999
Renault Megane for sale
55 Great deals out of 1,414 listings starting at £700
Volkswagen Golf for sale
435 Great deals out of 7,859 listings starting at £890
Skoda Octavia for sale
112 Great deals out of 1,967 listings starting at £799
Rover 75 for sale
41 listings

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.