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Installing thermostat

Yes, usually there is a little recess the thermostat fits into. Check for proper direction, and which way is up. Instructions usually with new one. I recommend a new one. They're cheap.

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More than likely your thermostat has frozen in the closed position. If you take the neck off of the engine where the main hose goes into the top of the motor, you should see the thermostat. Make sure when you are changing it that you have it facing the right direction and that you clean an properly seal the neck when re-installing it. Hope this helps!

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NOTE: When adding coolant, it is important that you use GM Goodwrench DEX-COOL® (orange colored, silicate free) coolant meeting GM specifications. On these vehicles, if silicated coolant is added to the system, premature engine, heater core or radiator corrosion may result. In addition, the engine coolant will require change sooner; at 30,000 miles or 24 months.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Properly drain and recover the coolant until the level is below the thermostat.
  3. Unfasten the coolant outlet-to-inlet manifold attaching bolt and nut, then remove the outlet.
  4. Remove the thermostat. Clean the inlet manifold and outlet mating surfaces. To install:
  5. Install a new O-ring onto the thermostat
  6. Place the thermostat in the inlet manifold.
  7. Attach the coolant outlet to the inlet manifold, using the bolt and nut. Tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
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2.3L and 2.4L Engines NOTE: When adding coolant, it is important that you use GM Goodwrench DEX-COOL® (orange colored, silicate free) coolant meeting GM specifications. On these vehicles, if silicated coolant is added to the system, premature engine, heater core or radiator corrosion may result. In addition, the engine coolant will require change sooner; at 30,000 miles or 24 months.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Properly drain and recover the coolant to a level below the thermostat.
  3. Unfasten the cover-to-outlet pipe bolt, which is accessible through the exhaust manifold runners.
  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  5. Disconnect the radiator and heater hoses from the outlet pipe.
  6. Unfasten the outlet pipe-to-oil pan bolt and the cover-to-outlet pipe bolts.
  7. Remove the thermostat, then clean the old gasket material from the mating surfaces. To install:
  8. Position the thermostat in its correct location, then install the cover-to-outlet pipe bolt. Tighten the bolt to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
  9. Install the outlet pipe-to-oil pan bolt. Tighten the pipe-to-oil pan bolt to 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm) and the pipe-to-transaxle bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  10. Connect the radiator and heater hoses to the outlet pipe.
  11. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  12. Install the cover-to-outlet pipe bolt through the exhaust manifold runner.
  13. Properly fill the cooling system, then connect the negative battery cable.
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I want to replace the theromstat on a 1994 ED Falcon futura and don't know where to find it. Connected to radiator or engine?

Follow the top radiator hose to where it connects to the engine there will be a housing there with the thermostat inside. When replacing the thermostat be sure to note the temperature range and direction of the thermostat so you can replace it with the proper temp. range and direction of coolant flow.

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How and where do i change the thermostat in my van

Hello dcb. The thermostat is located in the hose coming from the radiator and is located on the top of the engine on the right side. If you remove the air breather box first it will give you some room to work but the back bolt on the thermostat is really difficult to get out due to lack of room to move the wrench. Make sure the coolant is not hot before you begin. MAKE A NOTE OF THE ARROW ON THE THERMOSTAT INDICATING THE DIRECTION OF FLOW SO YOU CAN MOUNT THE NEW ONE IN THE SAME DIRECTION. Make sure you have the necessary wrenches to remove each bolt, and have the new thermostat and gasket ready to install.

All you do is lower the level of coolant within the radiator by opening the lower stop **** [unless the level is already down], then remove the two bolts and use a putty knife blade to loosen the gasket which is usually somewhat "welded" to the thermostat. Once you have the old thermostat out, scrape off any remaining gasket material and then install the new gasket and thermostat paying attention to make sure the new thermostat direction arrow is pointing in the same direction as the old one did.


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I recommend this procedure, starting with a cold engine: Remove the radiator cap, remove the thermostat, re-install the thermostat housing, leave the radiator cap off, start engine and idle for not less than fifteen minutes, then turn engine off. Allow engine and radiator to cool completely, then open the petcock at the bottom of the radiator, and drain completely (there will still be some coolant/water in the system).
Remove the thermostat housing again, then remove the old water pump and install a new water pump, replace the thermostat with a new one rated at 195 degrees, and be sure to install it in the proper direction. Fill radiator with water only (you don't want to waste money on antifreeze until you are sure you have heat), leave radiator cap off, start engine and let it come to operating temperature, not less than fifteen minutes. Turn engine off, and let cool compltely. Fill radiator with water only, install radiator cap, and restart vehicle. Let come to operating temperature again, not less than fifteen minutes, turn off. Let cool completely, drain radiator again if your truck got proper heat in cabin, then refill with the proper mixture of water/antifreeze. This sounds like a lot of repetition, but this will flush your entire system, boost your water pressure, and properly regulate your engine temperature. If the problem repeats in your two month window, have the radiator professionally serviced and the heater core will probably have to be replaced.
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You should be able to locate it where the upper radiator house attaches to the engine. At this point there is a clamp holding the hose onto a housing, remove the clamp, remove the hose, there are usually 2 bolts attaching the thermostat housing to the engine, remove the 2 bolts to remove housing, and reveal thermostat. To install a new t-stat, make sure it faces the proper direction, as u can install it backwards and the car will overheat.

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