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I need to change the thermostat in a 2002 dodge intrepid and need to know where the housing is.

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  • shana_smith May 19, 2009

    i found the thermostat housing but i cant figure out how to remove it. i removed the alternator and got the bolts out of the housing but dont have enuff room to move the housing out to change the thermostat. i guess i should have worded my question differently. i can see the thermostat but when i move the housing out i cant get my hand in there to do anything.

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Follow the two big hoses where they attach to the engine, it should be apparent where the thermostat housing is at the end of the hose.

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  • Teddi B May 19, 2009

    Inappropriate, like what I said is not relevant! What kind of rating is this? Just joking I don't care about ratings, I volunteer my time. Meaning I don't get paid, I do this for free. It really is as easy as following the big hoses from the radiator to the engine. When you look at the end even if you don't know what the housing looks like. With a little common sense you see the thermostat will never be installed in the end of one hose. The other hose has the housing. So, did you find the thermostat housing?

  • Teddi B May 19, 2009

    OK, try leaving the hose attached to the housing but remove it from the radiator. Use the hose as leverage, twist it pull it do what ever it takes to get it out. That's the best I can say I can't see what you're doing nor I own the same car.

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