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Needs new thermostat housing and extension housing

I am wondering how much these repairs would approx. cost and if it is an easy or hard fix???

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  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2012

    Why wouldn't you do it yourself?

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Here's a link to the part.Click here to see how to replace.

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