The heater bypass tube allows a small amount of coolant to circulate throughout your car engine when the thermostat is closed. It bypasses the thermostat, hence the name. Some engines are equipped with bypass hoses, while others have a bypass passage that forms a part of the cooling jacket in the engine. This is really just terminology – the effect is the same.
The bypass tube prevents excessive pressure from being built up within the system, delivers a bit of heat when the engine is started, and allows for even cooling from the point of startup. When the thermostat opens up coolant flow in your car, the engine begins to cool. The car thermostat closes a bit and increases coolant flow through the heater core and the bypass hose.
Problems with the heater bypass is not something you should try to diagnose or fix on your own. This is a diagnosis and repair issue that is best left to one of our expert mechanics.
If there is a problem in your cooling system, you could end up with an overheated engine, and the repairs could be extremely expensive. Have one of our expert mechanics determine if the problem is with the bypass tube and replace it if necessary.
Tell us what the problem is (e.g the car is not starting or I need new shock absorbers). What kind of car you drive and your contact information.
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