The thermostat would not cause coolant to overflow !
THERMOSTAT MONITORING SENSOR
Thermostat Monitoring Sensor
The thermostat monitoring sensor is located in the radiator, adjacent the bottom hose. See Fig. 20. The ECM compares the temperature measured by the thermostat monitoring sensor to the temperature measured by the ECT sensor. If the difference between the two readings is too great, the ECM determines the thermostat is stuck. In this case, the ECM registers a fault code in its memory.
The thermostat monitoring sensor works as a Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) sensor. As temperature rises, the resistance in the sensor decreases, as temperature decreases, the resistance in the sensor increases. With this information, the ECM is able to monitor the performance of the thermostat.
Saturday, April 25th, 2009 AT 7:00 AM