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Thermostat placement dose the thermostat spring face up at 12 noon or dose it face down at 6 because when i was changing the water pump i knocked the thermostat out of it's hole??

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Spring up.

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SOURCE: which way does a thermostat on a pontiac sunfire

The spring goes in the hot water ... the hot water is in the engine.

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