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How Do Automotive Thermostats Add Value to Vehicles?

Your vehicle’s engine is a complex machine that requires continuous cooling, but only once it's heated up. Cooling during the startup phase can cause your engine undue wear and tear. That’s where your thermostat starts to add value. It keeps coolant from flowing too soon during the startup phase, protecting your vehicle from a variety of maintenance issues and mechanical defects.

Lower Emissions & Deposits

When your engine is allowed to heat up quickly, it minimizes the strain on all of its components, resulting in lower emissions before and after startup. It also helps prevent the buildup of fluids, lubricants, and harmful deposits throughout your engine’s hoses and critical mechanisms. The net result is a more efficient engine that allows you to get better gas mileage, while preventing expensive maintenance and breakdowns that can cost you thousands of dollars.

Faster Startup Times

The thermostat controls the flow of coolant from the engine to the radiator, utilizing a simple wax that melts once the engine starts to heat. This system allows your engine to heat up quickly and efficiently, during cold startups. The convenience of this speed may go unnoticed in your day-to-day driving, but you’d definitely miss it, if your thermostat was absent or malfunctioning. Overall, your vehicle is a better and more responsive form of transportation with a thermostat.

Low Implementation Costs

The cost of an automotive thermostat varies, depending on the make and model of your vehicle, but in general, the unit is inexpensive relative to the benefits it provides, and the maintenance it prevents. As of Q2 of 2016, you can find thermostats for less than $10. The labor cost required to install thermostats can vary greatly, depending on the vehicle.

Although the thermostat is a relatively simple device, it adds value to your vehicle by preserving the integrity of your engine, while blunting the impact of wear and tear during engine startups. The cost benefit ratio of this device is definitely in your favor.