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Unread 07-11-2007, 09:35 AM   #1
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error code 1281

I've done a search and the only hits I get are people posting the error code lists so I figured that I woud ask specifically. My check engine light came on this morning, I noticed it right after I had to come to a sudden stop (slamming the brakes) it might have been on before that I don't know though. I did the turn key thing and that code that came up was 1281, I looked that up and it says "The engine is staying cold too long - check your thermostat." I'm pretty much a newbie so I have no idea what to do. Is this a serious problem? an easy fix? Any help would be great.

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Unread 07-11-2007, 09:46 AM   #2
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If it's the thermostat it's a 7 dollar part and a very easy install.
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Unread 07-11-2007, 09:50 AM   #3
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Check out the write-up below. On page 2 is where it starts to talk about swapping the t-stat.

http://www.stu-offroad.com/engine/ra...radiator-4.htm
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is it going to be a problem if this doesn't get done right away? Im leaving for the shore 2 hour drive) in a couple of days and im going to be relly busy until then.
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is it going to be a problem if this doesn't get done right away? Im leaving for the shore 2 hour drive) in a couple of days and im going to be relly busy until then.
Hate to sound like a wet rag.....
If it is the thermostat- For the amount of trouble and cost to change it- I mean you could overheat in 15 minutes if it failed and put a serious damper on your trip.
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i agree... change it out.. iit could be done in the amount time it took you to turn on your computer and post the thread.
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Unread 07-11-2007, 01:21 PM   #7
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ok sounds easy enough, do I need just a new thermostat or do I need a new gasket and housing too? Also I looked around and I'm not sure if I need a crown thermostat or a stant thermostat.
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ok sounds easy enough, do I need just a new thermostat or do I need a new gasket and housing too? Also I looked around and I'm not sure if I need a crown thermostat or a stant thermostat.
The dealership will have the thermostat -sometimes very competitive on price also. Yeah, new gasket and you should be alright. Not sure if you'll need rtv for the bolts. I used to use it on the threads, just in case coolant got to them.
I doubt one brand is a whole lot better than another-small stuff I usually go to the dealer on. OEM and all.
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