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Offline Numero9

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Thermostat questions
« on: July 28, 2022, 10:52:37 pm »
Got all the symptoms of a stuck open thermostat so plan to change it this coming weekend however watching a few videos I've confused myself any need some help clarifying a few things

1) is it right that in later GTi (mines 08) there is more in line stat and only the main one to replace?
2) seems to be 2 options remove intake or remove alternative, is there a preferred method from those who have done it themselves?
3) watching one video there was a comment about also changing the o-ring on another pipe but I can't remember which video said it or where the o-ring was, does anybody have a diagram for where and possibly a part number?

I know it'll be a pit.of a.job but I have a full day set aside to oil change, coolant flush and this and quite looking forward to it...

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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2022, 08:09:18 am »
It all depends on the gearbox you have to my knowledge.

Manuals have one near the alternator.  This is for the Turbo and prone to failing like mine did, as it stuck open and never go to temperature...........fine now.

The second/additional one is for people who have DSG, and that sits above the box and works for the box
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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2022, 11:50:51 am »
Sorry should have said its a manual 08. From what I read the DSG and 3 and the manual has 2 but also ready the inline was deleted so a later GTi should only have 1

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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2022, 12:19:37 pm »
Have a look in the engine bay to determine it for yourself.  As stated, the thermostat count varies with model year and gearbox type.  My manual 07 has 1 thermostat.

Removing the alternator is the best method.  It's dead easy once that is out of the way.


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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2022, 09:51:37 pm »
The whole "3 thermostat" thing was just on early cars - as Pudding said - check how many inline ones you have -if any. not cheap, over £40 each a few years ago. As an example my 2006 DSG has a single inline.

If you are changing the main thermostat, consider doing the coolant temperature sensor at the same time, as it is mounted within the thermostat housing - sods-law guarantees it to fail within 6 months if you don't change it!

Alternator off is the best way forward, but tight if you have large hands, making the whole job awkward - I have not seen inlet manifold off as a suggested route - it would be a $ite ton more work and has the potential to create more problems.

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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2022, 08:53:16 am »
New thermostat and sensor ordered. Are there any other o-rings or bits that I should replace along the way?

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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2022, 04:00:01 pm »
New thermostat and sensor ordered. Are there any other o-rings or bits that I should replace along the way?



I had a coolant leak from the o-ring on the main thermostat (marked 5 on this diagram), the part number for it N90365302, might be worth replacing while you're in there :happy2:

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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2022, 08:40:27 pm »
The specialist I use changes thermostats by removing the inlet manifold as he says it is the easiest and quickest way, he has done 100's so take what he considers easy with a pinch of salt.

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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 08:09:32 am »
I'm going to go down the alternator removal route with this. Seen a few videos on that way and have had prior experience on my other car on removing the alternator and getting it back it.

@OllieVRS - where did you get that parts diagram from?

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Re: Thermostat questions
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 11:37:32 am »
I'm going to go down the alternator removal route with this. Seen a few videos on that way and have had prior experience on my other car on removing the alternator and getting it back it.

@OllieVRS - where did you get that parts diagram from?

I think off of Google images, I pulled this image off one of my older threads when I was investigating my coolant leak. Also to clarify since there are multiple rings marked 5, it's the one with the red arrow.

I've found a similar diagram which is even better detailed: https://workshop-manuals.com/skoda/octavia-mk2/drive_unit/2.0/110;_147_kw_fsi_engine/engine_cooling/parts_of_cooling_system_summaries_of_components_engine_identification_character_bwa/parts_of_cooling_system_engine_side/

The O-Ring I'm talking about is marked 9 on this one, directly below the 26.