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Thread: Broken on the side of the road: coolant leak at the otterstat.

  1. #21
    Join Date:  Dec 2018

    Posts:    99

    Quote Originally Posted by jangell View Post
    Itís a temperature switch mounted on the bottom of a coolant pipe on the driverís side of the engine bay. It turns on the cooling fans when the coolant gets hot enough. Itís also prone to leaking or falling out and dumping all your coolant on the ground. Honestly, Iím surprised it took this long for mine to fail. People turn the pipe over to reduce the chance of that. With an EFI conversion, you can use the coolant temp sensor and the ECU to control the fans instead. You could probably rig up something like that without EFI, too, if you know some electronics and can build a circuit to read the sensor.

    I have no idea why itís called an otterstat.

    ó Joe
    So do you just carry a spare in the glove box and simply plug it in when one goes bad? Thanks in advance

  2. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date:  May 2011

    Location:  Norton, MA

    Posts:    718

    My VIN:    767 (3.0L EFI/EDIS)

    Not necessarily a bad idea, but this is the first time mine has failed on me in the 15 years that Iíve had the car. Luckily I wonít have to worry about it again.

    ó Joe

  3. #23
    Junior Member
    Join Date:  May 2018

    Posts:    4

    My VIN:    5186

    My otterstat failed on day 3 of ownership. It's a rite of passage.

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