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Which way does the spring on the thermostat face when replacing the thermostat in

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The spring end of the thermostat should always go towards the engine, and it should not be towards the hose.

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The spring on the Thermostat faces downwards my friend.

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Started running hot,replaced thermostat and still runs hot.Top radiator hose is hot bottom is cold.


Did you put the thermostat in backwards? If you did, it wont open when hot. Thermostats look pretty much the same - with some minor variations. It's important to note the the side with the spring should be facing the (hot) engine and the other side facing the (cool) radiator as shown in the image below. If the spring side doesn't get hot - it won't open to let hot water from the engine flow to the radiator for proper cooling.



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You might have a faulty thermostat..I've seen new ones that were faulty. Replace it again...Also, you might have installed backwards..The spring loaded side always goes in facing the block.. or closest to the block and farthest from the hose.

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Where is the thermostat located?


These are the steps to remove it if that is what you are planning to do:

Removal & Installation
  1. With the engine cold, drain the cooling system.
  2. Disconnect the radiator hose from the thermostat housing outlet.
  3. Remove the thermostat housing outlet and remove the thermostat.
  4. Using a putty knife, clean the gasket mounting surfaces.

  1. If the thermostat is equipped with a pin valve, be sure to install the thermostat with the pin facing upward.
    To install:
    1. Install a new thermostat the gasket, O-ring or sealant (as applicable). Always install the spring end of the thermostat facing the engine.
    2. Tighten the thermostat cover-to-thermostat housing bolts to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
    3. Connect the radiator hose to the thermostat housing.
    4. Fill, then bleed the cooling system. Check for leaks.
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Use a pair of pliers to compress the spring clamp, then slide it up the hose and disconnect the hose from the housing

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Remove the nuts/bolts securing the thermostat housing ...

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... then remove the thermostat housing

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Once the housing is removed, the thermostat can be removed from the engine

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