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Dump the Thermostat Restrictor

Dump the Thermostat Restrictor

From the Water Pump Experts at Stewart Components:

"We strongly recommend NEVER using a restrictor: they decrease coolant flow and ultimately inhibit cooling... A common misconception is that if coolant flows too quickly through the system, that it will not have time to cool properly. However the cooling system is a closed loop, so if you are keeping the coolant in the radiator longer to allow it to cool, you are also allowing it to stay in the engine longer, which increases coolant temperatures. Coolant in the engine will actually boil away from critical heat areas within the cooling system if not forced through the cooling system at a sufficiently high velocity. This situation is a common cause of so-called "hot spots", which can lead to failures."


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