I live in a tropical climate will it damage my car to run it without a thermastat

Tiny
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I have had a lot of problems with my car running hot the water seems to evaporate I have tried everything but it still runs hot I was told most people with older cars have better luck if you remove the thermastat
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Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 AT 2:22 PM

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Tiny
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THE COMPUTER DEPENDS ON CONSTANT OPERATING TEMPERATURE TO RUN EFFICIENTLY (MPG AND PERFORMANCE WILL PROBABLY LACK)EVEN OLDER NON-COMPUTER CARS WOULD NOT RUN PEAK PERFORMANCE UNLESS TEMP WAS A CERTAIN DEGREE AND CONSTANT."NO THERMOSTAT" WAS NORMALLY A "GET BY" OR AN "EMERGENCY MEASURE"

YOUR PROBLEM MAYBE SIMPLE OR COULD BE COMPLEX AND EXPENSIVE

REPAIRING IT CORRECTLY IS PROBABLY BEST AND LENGTHEN ITS LIFE

THINGS TO CHECK OR DO

HAVE RADIATOR FLUSHED PROFESSIONALLY (RODDED OUT ETC) AUTO PARTS STORE FLUSHES JUST DON'T CUT IT FOR EXTREME BUILDUP

DOES THE COOLING FAN COME ON WHILE DRIVING? CAN YOU HEAR IT? MAYBE THE FAN RELAY IS INTERMITTENT AND IT DOES NOT WORK WHEN IT SHOULD

ARE YOU USING COOLANT IN W/ THE WATER?

CAN YOU PARK SOMEWHERE "PRETTY" AND LOOK FOR LEAKS?

RADIATOR HOSES IN GOOD SHAPE--NOT SQUISHY AND SUCKING FLAT DUE TO WATER PUMP SUCTION?

ARE THE RADIATOR FINS CLEAN. OTHER RADIANT DEVICES IN FRONT OF IT CLEAN?

PROBABLY THE WORST CASE WOULD BE HEAD-GASKET FAILURE, IT MAY NOT BE SEVERE AND SHOW UP LIKE A RACE CAR BLOWING A GASKET. BUT IT CAN BE TESTED, THERE IS A CHEMICAL TEST THAT CAN BE DONE

GOOD LUCK

KEEP US INFORMED

THE MEDIC
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