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On the 3.1 and 4.3 V6 remove the windshield wiper module cover and rotate the engine for service access to the rear spark plugs. You can rotate the engine by disconnecting the two dog bone engine mounts and push the car forward with a friend then place the emergency brakes to keep the car from moving back and place a wheel chuck just to make sure the car is not going to move. Don't want to loose an arm. Good luck and hope this helps and be careful not to over rotate the engine in to the radiator. 
Make sure you use a spark plug socket has a rubber grip on it to hold on to the plug while you position it. If you don't do this, you will likely end up dropping the plug into the little area surrounding the plug hole, and it takes forever to get it out to try again. Also, when removing the old plugs, try to remember the angle that they went in on because you can't really see back there. It makes it a lot easier when inserting the new plugs if you get in there at the correct angle. This is for the person who it tinny and get in to different body positions.

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Based on your description "hard line from thermastat area has a heat wraparound it goes towards firewall", that would appear to be part of the heater system for the inside of the vehicle and would not affect the overheating of the engine.

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