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Old 06-02-2003, 12:33 AM   #1
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HOW TO: Thermostat Install

Remove battery (helps in next step, gives you more space to work with)
Remove Air Box (whole thing)
Remove MAF sensor
Remove grommet connecting MAF and throttle body
remove surge tank line from coolant outlet(thermostat housing)
Remove the coolant outlet(thermostat housing) to the inlet manifold attaching bolts
pull back coolant outlet, give enough space for for thermostat to pass in/out
replace thermostat

reverse process for re-install
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Old 06-02-2003, 09:52 AM   #2
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On a side note...this thing is almost impossible to do without taking off the exhaust manifold. I didn't take it off, but this whole thing took me like 3 hours. I bet it woulda been a lot quicker had I taken it off. (in the pictures, it's that silver square pipe that is right next to the the thermostat housing, about 4" wide)

The thermostat housing in pictures=the coolant outlet in instructions.

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Old 06-02-2003, 09:55 AM   #3
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In this pic you can see the top bolt holding on the coolant outlet. The bottom one is a little below and to the right of that one. Unless you take off the exhaust manifold, you'll need to use an open ended wrench for that.

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Old 06-02-2003, 09:57 AM   #4
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Again, top bolt can be seen, bottom one can't. Top bolt's fairly easy to take off too...just make sure you have it on there good and don't round off the bolt like I did. I had to tap the socketwrench on with a hammer to keep it from rounding off the bolts.

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Old 06-02-2003, 09:59 AM   #5
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coolant outlet, or thermostat housing is taken off here. Only half of the thermostat is actually housed in the coolant outlet, rest is in the manifold on the motor. In the picture I believe the thermostat was still sitting in the motor...

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Old 06-02-2003, 10:02 AM   #6
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In the end I think this made a huge difference. My car likes to get hot, usually 220 degrees, and it'll drive like **** at that temperature. Now it's like always driving in cold weather. Much better throttle response. Really nice mod, quite the bitch to put in there. The heater still puts out heat, so obviously 180 degrees isn't too cold.
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Old 06-24-2003, 09:21 PM   #7
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I found that if you take the throttle body off,it's like three 13mm bolts. It helps give a little bit more room and visability, The tb gasket stays intact also, so you don't have to replace it.
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Old 06-25-2003, 12:07 AM   #8
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can this be done to the 2.4L's as well? if so, where is it located on a 2.4?
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Old 08-11-2003, 10:04 AM   #9
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a bump is not required in here. If people are looking for specific HOW-TO, they will scan the pages.
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Old 08-20-2003, 06:22 PM   #11
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I assume you drain the coolant here? I'm gonna be doing this tomorrow...
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Old 08-20-2003, 06:28 PM   #12
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yea drain it, or ull have a mess on ur hands
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Old 08-21-2003, 01:23 PM   #14
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well while the coolant is alredy drained take the black hardline out and that should help some
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Hmm, I can't get the hardline out, too many bolts, and it goes way down on the backside of the engine... I was able to slip a 1/4 extension between the black line and the exhaust manifold but now I cannot get the bolt loose. I think they used an air rachet to get that thing on! I'll keep working...
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you can get the hardline out, and then move it to the side, u dont need to completely remove it

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Ok well I was able to get the bolt loose but I'm out of time. I found the second bolt and there is no way in hell I can get to it without taking out the throttle body at least. I don't have a second car so I can't go any further. I'll just have to wait until I get more time.
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thats why i sold mine before i ever installed it..Soo much work for a little mod

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Aww...woosie it's not that hard......

just playin, i hated it too. But when I start something, I'm like "FCUK NO I'M NOT STOPPING 'TIL IT'S DONE"
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