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Where is the thermostat located?

I want to replace the thermostat in a 2002 Dodge Caravan 3.3L V-6.

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Place a drain pan under the radiator drain and drain the cooling system to just below the thermostat level. Close the drain.
  3. Remove the upper radiator hose from the thermostat housing, then remove the housing.
  4. Remove the thermostat and discard the gasket. Where is the thermostat located? - 0900c15280042100.jpgThermostat installation detail—3.0L engine 0900c15280042101.jpgThermostat installation detail—3.3L and 3.8L engines
To install:
  1. Clean the housing mating surfaces.
  2. Dip the new gasket in clean water and place it on the water box surface.
  3. Center the thermostat on the gasket, in the water box. Remove the radiator hose from the waterneck by looseninWhere is the thermostat located? - 0900c15280042103.jpg . 0900c15280042103.jpg. . . then loosen and remove the waterneck housing retaining bolts
  4. Make certain the bolt threads are clean. Threaded bolt holes exposed to coolant are subject to corrosion and should be cleaned with a small wire brush or correct size thread-cutting tap. Install the housing, making sure the thermostat is still in the recess, and tighten the retaining bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm) for 3.0L engine or to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm) for 3.3L and 3.8L engines. Reconnect the upper radiator hose and tighten the hose clamp.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6. Fill and bleed the engine cooling system withWhere is the thermostat located? - 0900c15280042104.jpgre of ethylene glycol antifreeze and water. 0900c15280042104.jpgLift the waterneck housing off of the lower intake manifold, then . . . 0900c15280042105.jpg. . . remove the thermostat out of its mounting flange
  7. Make sure the radiator is full and start the vehicle

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