Question about 2004 Saturn ION
Follow the top hose from the radiator to the engine. Where it meets the engine is where the stat will be (this is the hottest water point on an engine)
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I just changed a t-stat in a 96 last night. The location is in an "abnormal" location from normal domestic cars. The t-stat is at the engine block end of the lower radiator house. Follow it from the radiator up to the engine block. The one on my car the housing and the T-stat is located behind the throttle bottom. If you are not some what mechanically inclined stop reading this right now and head to a mechanic. If you choose to replace it yourself you have to remove the all covers (your intake and throttle cable cover). You will also have to remove any vaccum houses that are atteched to the air intake and throttle body assymbly. You'll have to remove your air intake house and the "sleeve" that is atteched to the air intake hose and the throttle body air intake opening. You'll also have to remove the cables from the flap control (engage them by pulling back the sprung rocker and removing the cable head through the slot that locks it into the rocker lever). Once both cables have been removed you'll have to remove the cable plate from the throttle body. Now you'll have to remove the throttle body itself from the intake. That is done by removing the four bolts securing it. (If you do not have a torque rench, borrow one and get the specs from your local automotive store). There is a gasket that needs to be replaced between the throttle body and the intake. Once that is all out of the way you'll see the T-stat covering, remove it and expose your therostat. When you remove the T-stat pay attention to the position of the T-stat. Put the O ring on the new T-stat and reverse above prossess in order to properly rebuild the throttle assembly. Be sure to regasket the throttle body and torque the four bolts to specs, also make sure you tighten in a cross pattern to prevent any warping or carcking. AGAIN
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