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2002 Nissan Maxima thermostat

How do I get to the thermostat on a 2002 Nissan Maxima ?
I can't seem to get the 10mm socket to turn in the cramped space.
Is there a specialty tool for this ?

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Forget trying to get at it from the top, go underneath. Take off the plastic shroud inside the passenger side fender. It's held to the frame by three bolts (10mm?) and a couple of quick fasteners. Once it's out of the way you can see and work fairly easily. I did not need to jack. Locate the flat pulley, it's obviously the tensioner. Loosen, but do not remove, the nut in the center of the pulley. Then locate the bolt head on the end/tip of the bracket that the pulley is mounted to. That is the adjuster. Loosening that bolt loosens the belt and vice versa. The power steering belt tensioner is very similar. Enjoy yourself!!

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if you follow the top large hose from the radiator to the engine you will see that it ends ina kind of bubble shaped housing with several bolts that attach to the engine, your thermostat is inside this housing and all you have to do is remove the bolts slip off the housing and pull out the old thermostat and replace , make sure you use a gasket and some gasket silicone when you replace and be sure to tighten proerly but to not overtighten

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Fig. View of thermostat and components


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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

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Well, it is usually cheaper then having a shop do it for you. But it will require you to have some tools. In this case probable a 10mm and 5/8 spark plug socket and 6 inch extension and ratchet.

Other than that, you should be good to go.

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