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Trying to change the thermostat on my 1988 Voltswagon Jetta GL

We have looked everywhere and cannot find where the thermostat goes. The part we have doesn't look like it will fit anywhere. Can you help?

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Follow the upper radiatoe hose it should be located around the and away from the radiator

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Look where the lower hose comes out of the engine block

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