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Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by basisop(m): 12:37am On Nov 26, 2012
Can't one use a thermostat on double?
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by Siena(m): 1:17am On Nov 26, 2012
basisop: Can't one use a thermostat on double?

A thermostat must NEVER be removed from the engine. Besides, the thermostat is located on the engine, so it doesn't matter what radiator is fitted. The thermostat isn't a hindrance.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by cecegorz(m): 11:17pm On Nov 28, 2012
captalex:

Is it located before i get to the Opebi-link bridge?
Nah.
If you get into Kudirat from Awolowo end, Morrison is the first street on the right, after Mobil
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by captalex: 2:11am On Dec 02, 2012
^^ ok thanks , will check them out.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by edoyad(m): 3:47pm On Dec 03, 2012
I don't know why Nigerian Mechanics love removing thermostats, and changing radiators. They did that to my AC condenser too, told me the one that came with the car was made for European climate that's why my AC wasn't chilling. After fixing the "big" condenser, it seemed to be cooling more till my compressor knocked that same evening angry I WAS MAD AS HELL
I then visited a professional who said I had to buy a new compressor. He sent me back to my old AC guy to collect my old condenser before fixing it back and throwing the new one in the garbage.

Moral of the story, put square pegs in square holes, I think grin
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by eazy12(m): 6:54am On Dec 08, 2012
Pls Siena I drive a 2002 Honda civic,my problem is the radiator water started reducing recently so I have to be topping it,went to the mechanics they washed it to no avail, changed my radiator cover,removed my thermostat, still it contiued and now they are saying I have to change it cos it's a single cell to a double cell[s][/s]
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by eazy12(m): 7:10am On Dec 08, 2012
And I forgot to say the water reduces even when the car is not in use like if I top it in the morning without even oning it or using it and the radiator is not leaking
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by Siena(m): 1:23pm On Dec 08, 2012
eazy12: Pls Siena I drive a 2002 Honda civic,my problem is the radiator water started reducing recently so I have to be topping it,went to the mechanics they washed it to no avail, changed my radiator cover,removed my thermostat, still it contiued and now they are saying I have to change it cos it's a single cell to a double cell[s][/s]

Bro, when I hear about thermostats being removed, and the much fabled "double cell" radiator being fitted, I get pretty annoyed. And to be honest, you guys feed these phoney "mechanics" with the ammunition with which to fleece you. A coolant reduction means a leak -

Exterenally:

01) Radiator.
02) Associated hoses.
03) Thermostat housing.
04) Engine block (core plugs).
05) Cylinder head (core plugs).
06) Water pump.
07) Heater core (behind dash).

Internally:

01) Cracked cylinder head.
02) Cracked cylinder block.
03) Warped cylinder head.
04) Blown cylinder head gasket.

I wonder how replacing the factory radiator with a "double cell" unit, and removing the thermostat will solve coolant loss? You're simply throwing money at your car, via your mechanic, who's just going by trial and error, replacing parts randomly, AT YOUR COST. If I were you, I would bite the bullet, and take your car to A REPUTABLE HONDA GARAGE. Sure, they'll cost, but at least you stand a chance of getting your car fixed.

As it stands, you might as well pour your money into a blast furnace, and watch it BURN.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by eazy12(m): 3:58pm On Dec 08, 2012
Thanks Siena
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by folushowil: 7:36am On Dec 11, 2012
edoyad: I don't know why Nigerian Mechanics love removing thermostats, and changing radiators. They did that to my AC condenser too, told me the one that came with the car was made for European climate that's why my AC wasn't chilling. After fixing the "big" condenser, it seemed to be cooling more till my compressor knocked that same evening angry I WAS MAD AS HELL
I then visited a professional who said I had to buy a new compressor. He sent me back to my old AC guy to collect my old condenser before fixing it back and throwing the new one in the garbage.

Moral of the story, put square pegs in square holes, I think grin

Hello bro, pls can I get the contact info of the ac technician mentioned above? I have a similar problem. Thanks
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by folushowil: 8:15am On Dec 11, 2012
Good morning peeps, I drive a mazda 3 2005 and noticed that the ac started making a whining sound when switched on, it was still cooling well. I got a technician to look at it and he said the compressor is faulty and this was caused by a bad condenser. He's suggesting replacing the present radiator with a double cell radiator which I dnt agree with. Can anyone please recommend an ac technician who knows his job and doesn't do the usual "double cell solution" as is common with other technicians. Also, can the condenser be repaired.

Thanks.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by edoyad(m): 8:45am On Dec 15, 2012
folushowil: Good morning peeps, I drive a mazda 3 2005 and noticed that the ac started making a whining sound when switched on, it was still cooling well. I got a technician to look at it and he said the compressor is faulty and this was caused by a bad condenser. He's suggesting replacing the present radiator with a double cell radiator which I dnt agree with. Can anyone please recommend an ac technician who knows his job and doesn't do the usual "double cell solution" as is common with other technicians. Also, can the condenser be repaired.

Thanks.


Sorry I didn't see your request earlier. My A C guy probably doesn't live in the same town you do, I'm sure you're in either lagos or abj
grin
What I'll advise you to do is suck it up and visit the best Auto A C shop in town without fear of the cost. Those roadside guys could leave you coming back to fix one thing or the other till you hate your Car.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by ZIMDRILL(m): 2:34pm On Dec 15, 2012
folushowil: Good morning peeps, I drive a mazda 3 2005 and noticed that the ac started making a whining sound when switched on, it was still cooling well. I got a technician to look at it and he said the compressor is faulty and this was caused by a bad condenser. He's suggesting replacing the present radiator with a double cell radiator which I dnt agree with. Can anyone please recommend an ac technician who knows his job and doesn't do the usual "double cell solution" as is common with other technicians. Also, can the condenser be repaired.

Thanks.

whining is caused by a worn out bearing, why would the radiator cause the whining ?
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by Siena(m): 3:05pm On Dec 15, 2012
As the whining only occurs when the aircon is switched on, I'd say it's a worn bearing, either in the compressor, or the condenser fan.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by captalex: 11:38pm On Dec 27, 2012
i hear the same whining sound as soon as i turn the AC on, how do i check if it's the condenser or the compressor siena?
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by Siena(m): 11:47pm On Dec 27, 2012
captalex: i hear the same whining sound as soon as i turn the AC on, how do i check if it's the condenser or the compressor siena?

Have the compressor drive belt removed. Then switch the aircon on. If the whining doesn't occur, then you know it's from the compressor bearings.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by captalex: 10:41pm On Dec 31, 2012
ok Bro, would try that.thanks.
have a skid-free new year!
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by evico: 12:38pm On Jan 01, 2013
Nigeria car owners really need to be educated. I can't understand why a thermostat should be removed from an engine. My mech wanted to do the same but I stop him and educated him more on the duty of a thermostat.

A thermostat is like a temperature monitoring switch, which comes ON and OFF as temperature changes.
If You have Electric Iron, have it plug in an electric current and you will feel/hear thermostat on duty. Its very interesting the way this device works, you don't need to manually turn OFf the Iron when it gets too hot or On wen too cool , it just turns itself Off or On depending on temperature.
Not only Iron, a Refrigerator, an Air conditional, an Elect Kettle even any Generator wit a radiator, all has thermostat. Without a thermostat in your house Aircon the compressor will over work itself, heat up and probably get burnt.
Nowadays, our technicians are even installing an external fan for a refrigerator's compressor.
If a car is over heating I don't think removing thermostat should be the solution
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by captalex: 5:00am On Apr 12, 2013
All i needed to do was to drop a little bit of water on the fan belt and the noise stopped.
Re: Changing The Radiator Of Your Tokunbo Car From Single Cell To Double Cell by Stevogue(m): 11:38pm On Jan 08
Really, I was having issues with my cooling system, as my camry was always turning off once my temp guage reached the half way mark. My car was always easily overheating. But honestly, a friend suggested the thermostat removal and I did it. Now my car doesn't easily overheat. For me thermostat removal worked. I also noticed that once I put on the airconditioner, the temp guage signifantly rose and now I am considering changing my radiator to a double cell radiator.

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