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Old 8th February 2015, 20:14   #21
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The only difference between a bodge and a good repair is the amount of time it lasts between fix and fail...

Your fix was not purist, but it was not a bodge as it worked and will continue to, this is not a bodge because it works and continues to on many cars over a long period of time...

I myself fitted the exterior housing mod, but only because it was easier and it is shiny..
Yeah well, I have just replaced the "bodge" on mine with the shiny inline lump, because the "bodge" had already failed.
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Old 8th February 2015, 21:44   #22
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............I myself fitted the exterior housing mod, but only because it was easier and it is shiny..
I'm still debating which way to go with this and have to say the 'shiny' way is attractive even if a lot more expensive.
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Old 9th February 2015, 15:19   #23
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Something being a 'bodge' is someone's opinion - fitting an inline thermostat has been proven as a worthwhile cost-effective way to fix a common problem.

Just the same as soldering the under-seat connectors, using silicone to re-seal rear light clusters and fitting HID headlights to halogen projector units, some will always feel the inline thermostat is a bodge, and they're entitled to their opinion.

If the inline modification didn't exist, I'd bet less than 10% of people with an early-opening thermostat would do the proper job when they got a quote for the work - it's not a simple job.
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Just reading up getting ready for the inline thermostat swap and when searching for info on the best bleeding sequence it seems that its not as straightforward for some people and others manage no problems. Whats the best and easiest sequence using the bleed screw at the curly hose where the fbh should be next to the battery?
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Put in the inline thermostat, it worked for the 1st trip with 9pm reading on the gauge. Gradually over a week the gauge went back to the starting block at 6.30pm. Any suggestions? Is it a faulty inline thermostat do you think?
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Put in the inline thermostat, it worked for the 1st trip with 9pm reading on the gauge. Gradually over a week the gauge went back to the starting block at 6.30pm. Any suggestions? Is it a faulty inline thermostat do you think?
HI Paul.
It could be a faulty stat, what make was it, some have a jiggle pin which you do not want as they let water past the engine then takes longer to get up to temp, is your bottom hose hot when you have had a 5 miles run check it, was all the air got out even though these diesels tend to sort them selves out over time.
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