Getting at the thermostat housing bolts to change thermostat
How do I get at the thermostat housing bolts to change thermostat on 1990 Buick Century LE. It looks like I have to remove half the components on the side of the engine. The air breather hookup is in the way. The car has power everything. The only plus is I can see the thermostat housing but will have to fight to get at the bolts, any suggestions?
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Most thermostats are located in or near the intake manifold area. Locate your upper radiator hose, then from the hose/radiator connection, follow the hose backwards to where it connects to. The goose neck or mating part, has to be removed. The thermostat is usually located inside the port. You may have to remove other covers and or parts to gain access to the goose neck assembly. You also have to let the car cool and drain the coolant before performing this task.
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Remove the air cleaner duct, the radiator hose the exhaust crossover pipe, the two bolts on the housing remove housing and the thermostat note how thermostat is in replace the same way, install in reverse order and fill with coolant. Let run till bubbles no longer come out then top off coolant.
Take the top rad hose off the top of the engine and the thermostat housing should be the part you take the hose off of. There probably is two or three bolts that hold this housing on. Carefully take it off and the thermostat should be inside this housing going inside the top of motor. Replace with new one making sure you put a new gasket in place as well and replace housing but do not over tighten the bolts as they sometimes break off then you are in trouble Make sure you install the thermostat the right side up I did get one up side down once and they don't work that way.
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Locate the upper radiator hose. Follow it to the engine. Before it meets the engine, you'll notice that its clamped to a metal housing, usually mounted with 3 ten-millimeter bolts. This is the thermostat housing. Remove when engine is cool. Thermostat is inside. Remove old thermostat and replace ensuring the rubber o-ring aroung the outside of the thermostat if equipped. Good luck.
you will find the thermostat in the housing where the top radiator hose connects to the engine 1, remove the top radiator hose from the engine 2. undo the bolts holding the housing together ( be careful not to break them off ) 3. remove the old thermostat 4. clean both surfaces of housing with a suitable scraper or sand paper 5. fit new thermostat & new gasket 6. put housing together, put the bolts back in (do not over tighten) 7. replace top radiator hose & tighten clamp 8. refill with water or coolant 9. start engine & run to normal operating temperature & check for leaks.....hop-e this helps.......cheers.
The engine end of the upper radiator hose goes over a pipe stub, or nipple, and then has a hose clamp tightened around it to hold it on that part. That part is a housing, bolted to the engine, and the thermostat is under that housing.
Only 2 bolts holding it on. Not exactly a fun thing to do. Just take your time and remove anything thats in your way.. Try not to take the exhaust off however. If you break bolts on the exhaust, you have a whole new can of worms. 1 more thing,,,, try to tighten the bolt first before loosening
follow your top radiator hose to top of the engine, where it hooks up with a hose clamp. under that metal housing is your thermostat! usually 2 or 3 bolts you remove , then lift off the metal housing and take out your old thermostat and remove the old gasket with a razor blade.. install your new thermostat and gasket and away you go!! richie
Follow the radiator hoses from the radiator to the block. Check the upper radiator hose first. At the end of one of these hoses will be a housing to which the hose is connected. The housing is bolted to the block. The thermostat is in that housing.
Remove termostat housing bolts. Note orientation of old thermostat. Clean gasket material off housing and block. Put on new gasket, install thermostat. Replace housing, etc.
You may have to disconnect/remove other parts to get to the housing botls, maybe not.