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Old 03-19-2022, 11:57 AM
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Default no MFG bypass safety hole on coolant temp gauge

Searching for a coolant leak and odor on my 2006 ranger 4ltr sohc engine, 68k miles. I found the crack in the black plastic thermostat housing. I bought a new after market kit (plastic). The new thermostat had no safety coolant bypass drilled in the thermostat flange.

I replaced only the top half of the kit which had the leak (over torque I assume), I decided to use the same original thermostat, since all indications showed a vertical needle all winter with no warning lights.

So my queswtion is, is the safety bypass hole in the flange of the original thermostat required for this engine? It's about 1/16" wide with a very small and loose flapper component in it.

The engine runs OK, and the coolant temps seem normal. Hoses are hot but not overly hot. Engine oil color is normal and trans case is topped up and 5R55 auto oil is new and pink. Rad is the original.


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Old 03-19-2022, 03:44 PM
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Default Re: no MFG bypass safety hole on coolant temp gauge

I wouldn't think that size hole would let much coolant through as a safety feachture, might be it's there to help bleed out air after a coolant or thermostat change.
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Old 03-19-2022, 04:25 PM
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Default Re: no MFG bypass safety hole on coolant temp gauge

Thanks for the reply. I think your right. That may be it, and the hole size is more suited for air.
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Old 03-20-2022, 07:27 PM
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Default Re: no MFG bypass safety hole on coolant temp gauge

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I decided to use the same original thermostat, since all indications showed a vertical needle all winter with no warning lights.

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The gauge is a static gauge, Vertical needle indicates stoic obviously as you probably already know, generally unless of an overheating condition, it will hardly vary anywhere unless IGN/off or engine broil.


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