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Which way should the thermostat go?

Should the side with the spring face the radiator or the motor?

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Spring faces motor

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  • D. E. Hev Mar 28, 2015

    Spring is wrapped around temp sensor and this should face engine

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Started running hot,replaced thermostat and still runs hot.Top radiator hose is hot bottom is cold.


Did you put the thermostat in backwards? If you did, it wont open when hot. Thermostats look pretty much the same - with some minor variations. It's important to note the the side with the spring should be facing the (hot) engine and the other side facing the (cool) radiator as shown in the image below. If the spring side doesn't get hot - it won't open to let hot water from the engine flow to the radiator for proper cooling.



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follow the top radiator hose from the radiator to the motor, where it attaches to the motor is where the thermostat housing is located, and the thermostat is right under that, be sure when replacing it, that the spring side goes down towards the motor

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check for a stuck thermostat ,, follow the top radiator hose, to where it connects to the motor,, ( only when the motor has cooled !! ) remove the hose,, and under that part is the thermostat,, replace it, and be sure when replacing, that the spring faces the motor not the hose

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Follow your upper radiator hose to the top of your motor. This is the thermostat housing. You might have to drain some coolant from your radiator first. Remove the bolts from the thermostat housing and lift off. Your thermostat is located under this. The spring side of the thermostat should be in the motor. Remember to replace the rubber seal around the thermostat. Replace the housing and tighten the bolts. Refill the cooling system and start vehicle and check for leaks.

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the two easiest things that are the most common cause of no heat are: 1 be sure you have plenty of coolant in the radiator, 2 it may be a stuck thermostat, if the coolant is full i would go ahead and change the thermostat, follow the top radiator hose to the engine, this hose will end at the waterneck, the thermostat is located in the waterneck, usually secured to the intake manifold with 2 bolts, remove these 2 bolts and gently pry the waterneck off, the thermostat will just sit in this opening, be sure to put the spring side of the thermostat down (facing the motor), use a new waterneck gasket when reassembling, this should solve your problem

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The spring goes into the engine, away from the radiator. Hope this helps.

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How to replace a thermostat 1996 mazda mellinia


Thermostat - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

CAUTION When draining the coolant, keep in mind that cats and dogs are attracted by the ethylene glycol antifreeze, and are quite likely to drink any that is left in an uncovered container or in puddles on the ground. This will prove fatal in sufficient quantity. Always drain the coolant into a sealable container. Coolant should be reused unless it is contaminated or several years old.
1.5L, 1.6L, 1.8L (except K8) and 2.2L Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Drain the radiator to below the level of the thermostat.
  2. If necessary, remove the air cleaner assembly.
  3. If necessary, disconnect the coolant temperature switch at the thermostat housing.
  1. Remove the upper radiator hose.
  2. Remove the mounting nuts, thermostat housing, thermostat and gasket.
Do not pry the housing off.


To install:
  1. Clean the thermostat housing and the cylinder head mating surfaces.
  2. Insert the thermostat into the rear cylinder head housing with the jiggle pin at the top. The spring side of the thermostat should face the housing.
  3. Position a new gasket onto the studs with the seal print side facing the rear cylinder housing.
  4. Install the thermostat housing and 2 nuts. Tighten the nuts to 14-22 ft. lbs. (19-5 Nm).
  5. Install the upper radiator hose.
  6. If detached, connect the coolant temperature switch.
  7. If removed, install the air cleaner housing.
  8. Fill the cooling system. Connect the negative battery cable, start the engine and check for leaks. Check the coolant level and add coolant, as necessary.


2.0L Engine
See Figures 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Drain the engine coolant from the radiator to below the level of the thermostat.
  1. Disconnect the lower radiator hose from the engine.
  2. Remove the housing bolts, thermostat housing, thermostat and gasket.
Do not pry the housing off.


To install:
  1. Clean the thermostat housing and the cylinder head mating surfaces.
  2. Make sure that the thermostat jiggle pin is aligned with the gasket projection.
  3. Install the thermostat to the housing. Align the gasket projection with the opening in the housing. The spring side of the thermostat should face into the housing.
  4. Install the thermostat housing cover and tighten both bolts to 14-19 ft. lbs. (19-25 Nm).
  5. Fill the cooling system. Connect the negative battery cable, start the engine and check for leaks. Check the coolant level and add coolant, as necessary.

Hope helps (remember rated this).

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Follow your upper radiator hose from the radiator to the top of your engine, there where it clamps on is the thermostat housing, remove hose and two or three small bolt's that hold thermostat housing under that is where the thermostat is at. Remmeber that the spring side of the thermostat is what goes into the engine side, facing down.

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