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2003 Saturn L300 Question: Thermostat

 

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netnotes, 3.0L V6, Stockton, CA, March 26, 2011, 07:41
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My thermostat needs replacing. Sadly, I'm not able to get the repair at this time. Can I still drive my car?

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    Precision Automotive Service (101 Answers) , Sacramento, CA - (916) 256-2796
    Precision Automotive Repair March 26, 2011, 08:01
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    If the engine is overheating, then not a good idea. Why does it need replacing? Have you had it diagnosed?

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    Visitor, March 26, 2011, 08:09

    No overheating which I attribute to cold weather. I had it diagnosed yesterday. the code was PO128. I appreciate your reply.

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    Visitor, March 26, 2011, 08:56

    This code means the engine is not reaching normal operating temperature. Running too cold. The "Service Engine Soon" light comes on and sets this code because it will affect the emissions system negatively due to the colder than normal engine temps. You may also be noticing reduced heater action. You can drive the vehicle until you can afford the repair, however I would recommend taking care of it sooner rather than later. Left as is, you may notice poor fuel economy and heater output. Other issues can also result, such as catalytic converter damage
    and engine oil sludging.

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    Precision Automotive Repair, March 26, 2011, 09:01
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    Oops. Forgot to sign-in to post this reply.

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    netnotes, March 26, 2011, 10:00
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    I was afraid other problems could result snowballing into major repair. Taking it in on Tuesday. My biggest concern is I need to get a smog certificate for upcoming registration and had been told if "check engine"
    light was on I wouldn't be able to get the certificate as it wouldn't pass. Being single and having car problems isn't welcomed...but its information I need to know! Thank you so much!!!!

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    Precision Automotive Repair, March 26, 2011, 12:55
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    In that case, the state forced you to your 'sooner' decision. You're welcome! Check out my website for other car care tips and/or better yet, look up my shop on Facebook and hit the "Like" button. Please.

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    Visitor, March 26, 2011, 14:40

    Will do!

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