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1993 jetta 111 series, over heating.

How do I replace the thermostat.

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Well here it is, hope u have a few hours (or a couple days, depending on ur mechanical skills)
remove the alternator and belt, remove the support bracket for the alternator and remove the water pump. The water pump is a big assembly and is also the support bracket for the alternator. This is a pretty hard job to do and i suggest u have it done in a garage because the 2 top blots holding the water pump are very hard to get to.

While ur at it replace the water pump at same time, this is EXTREMELY RECOMENDED.

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