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I need to know where the thermastat is located on the car

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Under the radiator hose that meets the top of the engine
under the throttlebody if you follow the heater hose from firewall on the driverside toward the engine it goes to the thermostat housing.

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4 cyl or 3.1 V-6? Follow upper radiator hose to the engine, where it attaches is where the thermostat should be located. The 3.1 appears to be a bit of a pain to access.

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