Computer simulation of the behavior of the automotive cooling system is becoming increasingly common, so as to reduce the dependency on costly testing. The simulation of transient cooling system behavior has become easier with the use of 1-D simulation tools. However, accurate prediction of transient coolant temperature after thermostat operation has been limited by the difficulty in accurately modeling the behavior of the automotive thermostat. Physical models of the thermostat are often inaccurate due to the complexity of the thermostat. Therefore an empirical model has been developed, which can be used to model any automotive thermostat, once a few simple tests have been conducted on the part. This thermostat model can be used in conjunction with a 1-D flow simulation tool to predict coolant transient temperature response during thermostat operation.