Question about 1999 Mazda 626
Is this something I can do myself??
Sure, but you have to be able to handle the contents of the coolant system (roughly 2 gallons) and be prepared to refill it with fresh coolant. To replace it, drain the cooling system first. Remove the top radiator hose from the thermostat housing at the top of the engine. Remove the bolts holding the housing to the engine and then pull the housing up. It may be stuck and you will need to pry it up gently. Do not use a screwdriver under the housing to pry it as you will gouge the metal and cause a leak later. Often a few soft taps from a rubber mallet will loosen it. Note how the thermostat spring is set in the housing as that is the way the new one will go. You will need to remove all of the old gasket material and avoid letting it get dropped into the engine opening. I stuff a shop towel in the opening before I start scraping with a plastic scraper -again this avoids damaging the soft aluminum. Once the old stuff is out, put in the new gasket, put the thermostat in (you will have already bought it and have it on hand) cinch down the bolts to be snug but not overly tight as they can strip easily. Replace the hose (maybe with a new one since you've done the hard part?) and then refill the cooling system and test run to look for leaks. You will need to get the engine up to normal temp to allow the thermostat to begin working. Might as well change all radiator hoses if they are more than 3 years old at this point. Otherwise you will be draining the coolant system again to do it later.
Have fun with it.
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