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Old 02-20-2018, 06:53 PM   #11
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Nope, but oddly enough the problem magically went away when I replaced the recently installed aftermarket thermostats with new OEM thermostats.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:23 PM   #12
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I always bleed the air using the bleed screws and never have had a problem with an air pocket, I always advise to have the heat on so the coolant can circulate through out the system,

That is why I said "some" have had problems with aftermarket thermostats, I'm sure there are just as many people who have used aftermarket parts and have not had any issues. I had an issue with an aftermarket thermostat once so the reason I posted what I did.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:01 PM   #13
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well, id bet that was your problem and you solved it when you bled the system a second time. ive literally never had a problem and ive had/owned some of the most finicky cars out there. including an rx7 turbo.

check out a spill free funnel, its remarkably handy and lets you cycle the coolant (tstat open/close) by getting the car hot enough. i use it on every car that i ever have to open up the cooling system on.
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I must just be getting better at it. On the last 2 trucks I installed an oem thermostat and got it right the first try.
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:58 PM   #15
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we didnt ever hear what he meant by "upgraded thermostat"

still wonder
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:38 PM   #17
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yes. with built in HD radio
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I once bought an aftermarket thermostat and the truck would not warm up even after driving it all day... turns out they sold me a 130 thermostat by mistake (I didn't know you could get one rated that low). I found that a 180 degree thermostat makes it run a little warm, especially sitting in traffic. I went back to a 170 degree one and now it seems to stay right around the 1/3 mark. I usually just let it burp with the heat on then open the bleeder screw for a second to make sure I got all the air out before topping it off.

I have never had a problem with an aftermarket thermostat so long as it's rated for the correct temperature, although I can understand the argument in support of using one. For me it depends entirely on how difficult the thermostat is to replace.

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Old 02-21-2018, 07:35 PM   #19
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yah you can get them at pretty much any temp over 100 that you want. its basically just a diameter you gotta match. the depth (in most cases) is immaterial because of how the t-stat is oriented in a pipe/hose/housing.

I always wish i had one that was somehow adjustable externally. so for these wicked cold winter snaps i could run it 10-20 degrees hotter than normal just so the truck will actually warm up.
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So all of a sudden my temp in the hardbody starting going up to around the 190s. I added coolant as it was a little low but that didnít fix anything. Before I start taking stuff apart any suggestions
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