How to replace a thermostat in a pontiac grnd am se 2000
Hello julioaguero1. To change the thermostat in your Pontiac Grand Am SE 2000; The thermostat should be located near the front of the engine, to the rightfront or leftfront of the intake manifold. Look for a hose running toward the radiator from this position. Once located, remove any brackets that may be in the way for removal of thermostat housing. Take the hose off of the housing (not necessary to remove from radiator unless putting a new hose on)There should be two bolts on the housing. Take up the two bolts. Since the housing has a gasket, use a small gasket to carefully pry the housing from the block. Make sure not to gouge the block or the housing as it could cause a leak after re-installation. Once removed, clean the housing where the gasket will go, as well as the area around the block - you may want to insert a small cloth into the hole, to avoid any debris from falling into the water. Some thermostats have a seal they sit on that will be inside the block just under where the gasket sits (if so, one should be provided with the gasket and thermostat (new). If not, double check just to make sure. If there is one, first feel the one that is inserted for any damage (may not be able to see due to the water); if you don't feel any cracks, rips or any feelings of damage, you can eithe leave it in, or insert the new one. If you put the new one in, you will need to obtain the proper tool for removal (see local auto parts store); with the block dry for the gasket, apply a light coat of gasket to the block (and/or gasket) and apply the gasket. Let sit 5-10 minutes to dry. Making sure the thermo stat is clean and dry (free of any debris, cuts, gouges) (use a straight razor for cleaning this areas as well as well as the block) put the housing over the thermostat (apply sealer to housing as well first), and bolt down. attach hose, refill radiator with water and antifreeze are recommended for your vehicle (see owners manual, or service manual for these specifications).
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Mar 29, 2009 |
1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT