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Old 02-26-2011, 02:57 PM
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My wife is up in Bend Or and I am in Los Angeles
She needs the thermostat replaced in the 97 850 R
Do you guys know of any mechanics that she can take it to in that area to replace this. I am not going to be up there for a week or I would do it myself.

Old 02-26-2011, 04:47 PM
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The job is easy enough for anyone who can change engine oil. I would buy an OEM T-stat and do the job myself. FCP Groton, our official sponsor, is a great OEM parts source:


There are 2 OEMs, as well as 2 different temp settings. I used French Vernet 87C (the original T-stat seemed to have been German Wahler 92C). Many people opt for the 87C version but 5C difference is not much. You need to loosen x2 (x3?) Torx screws (star-shaped screws) to get to the T-stat. The Torx has to be the exact matching size or it is guaranteed to strip. There is only one O-ring to the T-stat, which should be included in the new T-stat package. As a precautionary procedure, I had applied paste-type liquid gasket between the upper & lower T-stat housings (not mandatory). Also, some coolant needs to be drained or it would start draining when you loosen the Torx screws.

I hope this helps.


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I would recommend posting in the regional forums
I have no idea how much traffic they get, but it would be for the area, at least.
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Thanks, I will take a look in the regional area

Old 02-27-2011, 05:21 PM
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Another option from Car Talk:
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For anyone in the OR or SW WA area who needs a reliable shop, give M&W Automotive a call. If you're out of their service area they are always willing and able to recommend a service provider and never shy about letting you know who to stay away from. On both counts they have saved me time, money, and aggravation. Thanks fellas!!

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Tigard, OR 97223

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