Question about 2006 Kia Sedona
Coolant drips onto ground below engine. Looks like its source is somewhere under the large casting that house the thermostat. Dealer wants to do upper & lower rad hoses and thermostat and flush but one of those two hoses was already replaced so I'm leery of the $500 they want to do this with no guarantee it will solve the leak. Is there any history of leaks around this thermostat housing? THX - 5 bills is going to be major hurt at this time, especially if it doesn't solve the problem.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I also have a 04 sorento. Make sure they check to see if the butterfly gasket has not been sucked into the intake. My motor went because of this but that was back at 42k I now have 80k . They never did a recall on this because it was 1in10,000 that had this problem. they did pay for everything
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Open the hood of the impla and locate the thermostat housing. Find the largest hose at the top of your radiator, then follow it until it connects onto a portion of the Impala's engine block. The piece that to which the hose connects is the removable thermostat housing.
Use a jack to raise the Impala off the ground, then settle it down onto jack stands. Make sure the car is in park and the emergency brake is on.
Place a large container under the Impala's radiator. Drain the radiator into the bucket by loosening the clamp on the lower coolant hose with a flat-blade screwdriver, then removing the hose entirely so that the coolant flows into the bucket. Once the coolant stops flowing, set the bucket aside.
Use the screwdriver to loosen the clamp on the coolant hose connecting to the thermostat housing, then remove the hose from the housing completely. This will give you access to the bolts securing the housing to the Impala's engen block
Use a wrench or ratchet and sockets to remove the bolts securing the housing to the engine block, then set them aside somewhere where you will not lose them. Loosen and remove the thermostat housing to reveal the thermostat.
Make a careful note of how the thermostat is oriented toward the Impala's engine block. You must install the new thermostat in the exact same way as the old one is installed. Remove and discard the old thermostat.
Use a scraper tool or a razor blade to remove any remaining bits of thermostat gasket from the bottom of the thermostat housing and from the engine block. It is important to get all the remains off; otherwise the new gasket will not seal properly.
Apply a layer of gasket sealant to the bottom of the Impala's thermostat housing, then press the new gasket against the sealant so that it sticks and makes a good seal.
Install the new thermostat in the manner you noted in Step 6, then replace the thermostat housing and secure it down with the bolts. Reconnect the hoses you disconnected--making sure that the clamps are tightened down so no coolant leaks--and refill the Impala's radiator with the coolant you drained out earlier. Use your jack to lower the Impala back to the ground.
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