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Overheating,cant find thermostat

Overheating. and now there is parts off that should never been takin off. my boyfriend bought the wrong book, it didnt have the vr6 in it and hes been trying to take the thermostat out to test it for two days now

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Go to the autozone website at autozone.com and register your vehicle. It's free and you will have access to a full online repair manual for your vehicle. It will have information about the thermostat and how to replace it. Hope this helps and good luck.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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Follow the lower radiator hose to the water pump housing(under the car) and its two 10mm bolts and thats it... just remember how it came out dont put one in backwards... you will need the oring also 3 bucks at the parts store...

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Sorry, i just noticed that u can.t find the thermostat i would follow the hose from the rad. not much space to work.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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