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How do you correctly position the thermostat

The thermostat is offset how do you correctly position it

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I don't think it makes a big difference as long as the thermostat is not touching anything in the intake or the water outlet. You may have to turn it slightly to fit into the space, but the offset is for the tiny vent on most models. I don't think the 2.0 engine uses an offset style but the 1.8 might.

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