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Fitting a new thermostat to a 1.3 ford festia

I am about to replace the thermoatat on my daughters 200 1.3 ford festia, the thermostat comes with several gaskets none of which fit too well. My question is do I stretch the closet one and which side is up the rough or the smooth, also it came with a rubber washer?? Do I have to put some kind of sealant on it??

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Dom

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  • ferg1051 Jul 17, 2009

    Thanks kimandblue for the advice very use full solved the problem.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    u have the wrong parts

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Use the best fit and some gasket seal.
Be sure you release the radiator cap before you unbolt anything.

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