Hi, I am hoping someone can help me out. My car recently had a coolant leak and was supposedly repaired… the mechanic stated he changed both thermostats as my car has 2. The “repair” was done just under a month ago… up until recently I was still smelling burning coolant even though they apparently washed off the components after the fact… last week or so haven’t smelt it nearly as much. Now my temperature gauge while my heat is on in car will not reach temperature… it sits at about a 1/4 on the temperature gauge. When the heat is off it will get to proper operating temp just slightly under halfway on gauge. This just started a few days ago. The top rad hose after running the car for a period is very hot to touch, I have not checked underneath the radiator hose.
I am not very well versed in mechanics at all. The reason I am asking for help in the right direction is I do work at a truck shop and may be able to repair myself with instruction via web etc or other mechanics around me. I was taken for a ride as I was charged $100 for the 2 thermostats only to find out he used cheap after market ones… I am just not entirely convinced it is a stuck open thermostat issue due to the fact that the heat in car still works perfectly fine.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as this so called mechanic now wants to charge me an additional amount of money exceeding $50 for the difference of the warranty covered thermostats to original OEM ones which I was under the understanding for the price of parts alone was already installed. In total the repair was over $300 and now I have issues less than a month later and live on a tight budget as most do these days.
Thank you in advance for anyone that can help.