This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Dumbest Thermostat Job EVER! Why Does it Cost TEN Times More to Replace!" by Car Wizard

The Most Ridiculous Thermostat Replacement I've Ever Seen

TLDRLearn about a thermostat replacement that is incredibly difficult and time-consuming due to poor design choices. See how other cars have easy thermostat replacements and why this one is so frustrating.

Key insights

💡Thermostat replacements in most cars are relatively simple, with just a few bolts and hoses to remove.

🚗Several car models have surprisingly easy thermostat replacements, even though other repairs on those cars can be challenging.

🔧The Audi S4 has one of the most complicated thermostat replacements, requiring the removal of many components, including the timing belt.

💰Neglecting to replace the thermostat during a timing belt replacement can lead to extra labor costs and inconvenience in the future.

⏲️Taking care of all necessary repairs and replacements while a car is already disassembled can save time and money in the long run.


Why are thermostat replacements so difficult in some cars?

Poor design choices and the placement of the thermostat can make the replacement process complicated and time-consuming.

Can a faulty thermostat cause other car issues?

Yes, a malfunctioning thermostat can lead to inefficient cooling and heating, engine overheating, and reduced fuel efficiency.

How often should a car's thermostat be replaced?

Thermostat replacement is typically not needed unless it malfunctions or is damaged. However, it is often replaced during major engine repairs or when the timing belt is replaced.

Is it necessary to replace the thermostat during a timing belt replacement?

While not always necessary, it is highly recommended to replace the thermostat during a timing belt replacement since both components are typically located in the same area and may have similar service life.

What should I do if my car's thermostat needs to be replaced?

It is best to consult a professional mechanic who can perform the replacement properly, ensuring that all necessary components are taken care of and that the job is done efficiently.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Introduction to the difficulty of a thermostat replacement in a specific car.

06:00Discussion about the thermostat replacement in various car models, showcasing how some are surprisingly easy while others are more complex.

12:16Explanation of the extensive process required for the thermostat replacement in the Audi S4, including the removal of multiple components.

14:00The importance of addressing all necessary repairs and replacements while a car is already disassembled to avoid extra labor costs and inconvenience.