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Overheats once shut down with coolant presurring out, can not see leak any where and think it is the thermostat, where is the thermostat located?

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Its not hard to find the thermostat all you have to do is follow the top radiator hose to the intake, once there the hose will be connected to the thermostat housing. There should be two bolts holding the housing down on to the intake manifold, remove the two bolts and lift the thermostat housing away from the intake manifold and the thermostat will be seated on the manifold. Remove the old thermostat and clean out the area, place the new thermostat and you an use a little RV silicon gasket sealer or you can just place the thermostat in place the tighten up the thermostat housing. You may get a little leak at first but when the rubber o ring expands on the thermostat, the leak should stop so just idle the engine to it's operating temperature before your go out for a drive to ensure there is no leaks. Good luck and hope this helps. Keep me posted, be glad to answer any questions you may have. 

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Follow the upper radiator hose to the engine. The hose connects onto the thermostat housing. When coolant is drained, and upper radiator hose pulled off the housing, the housing can be removed by pulling off the two retaining bolts and lifting housing off. Then you will see the thermostat in the engine block. Lift it out to replace. Clean the mating surface of housing to block, use a new gasket for the housing to block, put it all back together. Do not over tighten the housing to block bolts or it may leak there. run the bolts down evenly until finger tight, then take a socket wrench and give the bolts a couple of turns. Not too tight-you can always turn them a little tighter if it starts to leak there after you have filled up the coolant, started the engine and checked for leaks.
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My van started shooting water into the overflow. it was more like a blockage problem to me so here is what i have tried so far with no luck. i removed the thermostat to one make sure it was not stuck and...

Your right that there is not much to a cooling system when you only look at the cooling system without noticing the other components, not really something you do much on aircraft engines cooling systems.

A water pump can have a broken or coroded impeller making the coolant flow too slowly to carry the BTU's that needs to carried off. This usually would allow the user to operate the vehicle for the normal amount of time it would take to reach thermostat opening tempurature, so if it builds presure too quickly or overheats very quickly this may not be the problem. The normal amount of coolant flow through the system depends of the speed of the waterpump at that time, and the position of the thermostat. An egine turning 3000 and a thermostat wide open would produce a flow of about 2 - 3 quarts per 10 seconds. More for larger engines like, say, a v-10 viper.

Or there may be too many BTU's for the system to contend with, like for example, a leaking cylinder head gasket, cracked head/block or something like that which would allow very hot combustion gasses to enter the coolant stream adding huge BTU values to the system as well as increasng the coolant internal presures forcing the radiator cap to "pop" and relieve the system presure into the overflow bottle. In essence, a leaking headgasket acts like a cutting torch shooting hot combustion gasses into the coolant. The amount of time it takes for the system to overpresurize or over heat is a good indicator of coolant being exposed to combustion gasses. The cooling system can be checked for combustion gasses.

Or perhaps the heat being carried is not being effectively removed from the coolant. A radiator can become "sludged" up with stuff and litterally not be able to cool the coolant in the amount of time that the coolant is in the radiator. Sometimes a coolnt flush can help this, but it is only temporary. If the engine is normally producing, say, 250,000 BTU's per minute then the radiator must be able to carry at least twice that amount away durring heat exchanging.

Here's some clarifying questions we could use to help find the problem; (be specific and descriptive)

How long can you run the engine before it either overheats or starts overflowing the coolant?

Does the system presure increase very much when the engine is first started cold?

Is the radiator cap relieving the presure at the specified value?

Do the radiator fans work when needed? If the engine overheats rapidly when started I don't think the fans are an issue unless that is why the engine overheated in the first place taking out the headgaskets.

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When the car is completely cool,check the electric fan(s) for smooth rotation.

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This test will kill two birds with one stone.




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Top of the coolant reserve tank

Let it ran for 10-15 minutes.

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Small amount of bubbles is OK at 1-5 minute mark

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If you do not see any in rush of bubbles then your thermostat may be partially stuck or rusted badly inside the thermostat hosing.

Give the thermostat host few gentle taps.

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Let engine cold down and top off coolant reserve tank.

Start monitor for coolant lost


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I recommend the thermostat that has a relief pop-let to reduce the change of burst radiator and coolant hoses.

Make sure you get a new thermostat gasket,black RTV and fresh coolant for the job.

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