Join Date: May 2005
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Re: Depression and thermostats
Thanks for all the feedback. I believe this problem actually started at the end of last season. Just before layup the engine showed low water flow. It found some significant debris (different from what I got out of the other line) in the t-stat housing I took out the t-stat, tested it, reinstalled and it was working fine when winterized. Actually the first few hours this year the engine ran cold, 110°, which I payed off to the very low water temp, 38°f.
The thought about the water chamber where the t-stat resides being empty had crossed my mind. Not sure what, if anything, to make of that. The other possible issue is a suction side air leak. That can make for sudden temp rise. But the oscillating? These Volvo’s have a really silly water connection that never inspires confidence.
I think the bottom line is I’m getting debris in the system. I can understand it in the t-stat housing, maybe, but the line from the water pump? Worse comes to worse I’ll remove the exhaust manifold and try to clean that out.
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