|Auto Repair Help – Quick Fix Tutorial Series|
CHANGING THE THERMOSTAT
Changing out a faulty thermostat isn’t a difficult job, but there are a few little things you need to know going in, and a couple of precautions you should always take. In this quick examination of the procedure, we’ll discuss the tools you need, the steps to take, and how to finish the job right. Let’s get started.
Once we get rolling here, the whole process shouldn’t take much more than about thirty minutes. But before we start, I’ll give you my quick thoughts on swapping out the thermostat. I tend to always replace it before getting into more advanced troubleshooting and dagnostics with the water pump and other parts that could have failed, simply because the thermostat is so simple and cheap to change. The part shouldn’t cost you more than about $10 and for the 30 minutes it takes to switch it out, you may well have solved your problem.
So with my obvious affinity for taking the quick route and changing the thermostat, here’s how to do it.
Once you have pulled the hose from the engine, you will need to remove the bolts which hold the thermostat housing in place. Once you have done so, simply remove the housing and lift out the thermostat.
Install the New Thermostat
To do so, simply set the new gasket in place and install the thermostat with the power unit pointed towards the block. Once you have it in place, replace the bolts you previously removed, and snug it into place.
Finish the Job
And that folks is just about all there is to it. If you get stuck at any point in the process, or have some questions about diagnosing the problem from the get go, visit our Auto Repair Forums and get a quick answer to your question.
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