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Will a bad thermostat cause a car to die and not start back up?

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2008-11-10 02:35:43
2008-11-10 02:35:43

Not usually. But it will cause it to overheat. What kind of car?

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Yes a bad thermostat would cause overheating in any car. A thermostat regulates the temperature.


A bad thermostat can cause an overheat. A bad temp sensor can show an overheat when the temperature is normal.


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If it is stuck open, the answer is yes. When in doubt, just replace it.



Yes a thermostat will cause any vehicle to over heat, just go to local parts dealer and get thermostat and replace it and if that does not work take to SAE trained professional techination.


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