Where socket goes on the bolt is stripped. need to remove?
My thermostat housing is cracked on my 1996 police interceptor, I did not realize this until i installed the new o ring gasket with the thermostat. when I removed and re-installed the gasket three times wondering why the housing was still leaking, AND after over tourqing the bolt and stipping the head where the socket goes i discovered a small crack where the housing mounts to the block. Can anyone help with ideas how to remove the bolt, the threads are fine. the size is 10 mm, go figure...
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Re: where socket goes on the bolt is stripped. need to...
You can try this if you're brave enough.........find a socket smaller then the one you used originally to strip the head....using a hammer...pound the new socket down on the bolt head.....or you can go to yoru favorite parts store, and buy a set of EZ OUTS, or EZ OFFS....they do about the smae thing but you won't destroy the socket taking hte bolt out.
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Notorious for intake leaks, the composite plastic intakes crack and leak coolant-as to the lack of power, you mght have overheated it and done some damage to the engine. There was a recall (information below) for the 4.6 for the intake-the overheating and lack of power means you should at least have compression checked and go from there-you may have bad head gaskets or worse. Do a compression test before you do anything else.
Ford Motor Company will extend the recall (01M02) on
4.6L V8 equipped vehicles with plastic intake manifolds. Some of the
composite intake manifolds used on 4.6L SOHC engines may develop fatigue
cracks at the coolant crossover duct. This condition could result in
engine coolant leakage which, if not serviced, may cause engine
overheating. Complete loss of coolant may result in engine damage or
The updated recall now includes: • Certain 1996
through 2001 Model Year Crown Victoria Police Interceptor • Certain
1998 through 2001 Model Year Crown Victoria with Taxi • Certain 1998
through 2001 Lincoln Town Car Limousine and Livery Prep Package •
Certain 1996-2001 Crown Victoria Taxis, Police cars and Lincoln Town Car
Limousine and Livery cars.
• Certain 1996 through 1997 Crown Victoria Police
Interceptor Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC engines built at the St. Thomas
Assembly Plant from the beginning of production for the 1996 Model Year
through January 28, 1997. • Certain 1998 through 2001 Crown Victoria
Police Interceptor Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC engines built at the St. Thomas
Assembly Plant from November 22, 1997 through December 15, 2000. •
Certain 1998 through 2001 Crown Victoria Taxi Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC
engines built at the St. Thomas Assembly Plant from November 22, 1997
through December 15, 2000. • Certain 1998 through 2001 Lincoln Town Car
Limousine Prep Package and Livery Vehicles with 4.6L SOHC engines built at
the Wixom Assembly Plant from November 22, 1997 through December 15,
Under the radiator hose that meets the top of the engine
under the throttlebody if you follow the heater hose from firewall on
the driverside toward the engine it goes to the thermostat housing.
To get to the thermostat you need to remove air cleaner box assembly
from the throttle body and move it out of the way.
Next, remove the nut at the throttle body that holds the steel tube
that goes to the heater hose, remove all hoses that connect to this
tube and raise it out of the way.
Remove the steel line that goes to the radiator surge tank from the
Now the fun part. With a 13MM box end wrench, loosen the lower bolt from
the thermostat housing. A 13 mm socket will remove the top bolt.
Remove the thermostat cover and remove the thermostat.
Reverse to install.
can say the 2003 APK 2.0L engines thermostat is located almost vertically behind the alternator, for the job you'll need sockets 10mm and the elbow joint extension for the lower bolt on the thermostat housing. the jobs a little fiddly but made easy with the elbow joint. care is to be taken when retentioning the plastic thermo housing as it easly breaks and a replacement isnt cheap So just use common sense when re-tightening others report using the TDI thermostat as its cheaper
The thermostat in the 3.1 engine is in the thermostat housing. Follow the upper radiator hose towards the engine, where the hose connects to the engine is the thermostat housing which leads under the throttle body. Yup, it's not the easiest thing to get to unless you have small hands and a few socketextensions and swivel. If you have small hands you can remove the thermostat housing without removing the throttle body. Just remove cross over exhaust heat shield to give you enough room to get the socket with an extension and swivel to the two bolts to the thermostat housing under the throttle body. Remove front bolt and the second one just needs to be loosen and you can wiggle out the thermostat housing to replace the thermostat. If you need more room, your going to have to remove the throttle body and replace the throttle body gasket also to give you more room to get the thermostat housing out. Good luck and hope this helps and take care not to damage the temperature sensor on the manifold just in front of the housing. Keep me posted if you have any more questions and take your time.
You will need a 1/2" socket with ratchet, and a 1/2" wrench for the actual removal of the thermostat housing. First, remove the air duct from the air filter housing and the air intake connection to the engine. Set aside. Next, remove the upper radiator hose from where it connects to the engine by loosening the hose clamp. At the other end of this part where the hose was removed from is the "L" shape that houses the thermostat and bolts to the engine. This part (housing) has two bolts. The top bolt will require the use of an extension on your ratchet which you will need to insert between the water bypass pipe and the exhaust heat shield before coupling with the 1/2" socket. Loosen the top bolt. The bottom bolt will require the use of the 1/2" wrench, as the socket will not fit due to the location of the heat shield. NOTE: the bottom bolt only needs to be LOOSENED and not removed, as the housing has an open "C" at the lower bolt location allowing the housing to pivot upward from that bolt. After removing the top bolt and loosening the lower bolt, you can pivot the "pipe" end of the housing downward and carefully maneuver the housing out of its location. You should now see the thermostat.
Clean surfaces of the engine and housing well. Insert the new thermostat with the "spring" into the engine and the "bell" outward. Be sure the seal is seated properly into its socket in the engine. Position the housing carefully, making sure not to move the thermostat out of position. Reassembly is the reverse of removal.
In my case, I did not use any gasket seal. The thermostat has a rubber seal on it which works well on its own. Adding gasket seal may make removing the housing in the future more difficult