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Author: Subject: Is coolant bypass really needed on zetec silvertop?
sevaun

posted on 25/2/24 at 11:34 AM Reply With Quote
Is coolant bypass really needed on zetec silvertop?

Does anyone know if the coolant by pass hose is entirely necessary on a 1.8 Silvertop Zetec installation. I'm asking this as I can't use the standard thermostat housing because I'm using an MX 5 gearbox and I've had to cut the bottom off the housing with the bypass hose connection to clear the bellhousing. From what I understand Ford use the bypass hose to speed up warming of the engine. Does anyone have experience of running without the bypass?






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cliftyhanger

posted on 25/2/24 at 12:50 PM Reply With Quote
It will need some sort of bypass. You may get away with a 3-5mm hole in the thermostat, or you could fit a remote thermostat with additional bypass fitted.
Something like this https://www.carbuilder.com/images/thumbs/002/0028559_by-pass-thermostat-87-degree.jpeg






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sevaun

posted on 25/2/24 at 04:44 PM Reply With Quote
Carbuilder remote stat

That looks a handy piece of kit, but there appears to be no means of replacing the thermostat if needs be. I'll put it on my list of options. Ta!






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cliftyhanger

posted on 25/2/24 at 07:15 PM Reply With Quote
There are several types available, landrover, MGF and many others. Some are not expensive, you replace the whole thing if it fails






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adithorp

posted on 25/2/24 at 10:05 PM Reply With Quote
Without a bypass the coolant won't circulate properly within the engine when the 'stat is closed. That can cause hotspots and uneven expansion. That was the cause of most head gasket failures in early Rover K-series.





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sevaun

posted on 26/2/24 at 08:07 AM Reply With Quote
Good point, so I definitely need to sort out a bypass. Thanks for the heads up.
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