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I need to replace the thermostate in my 2004 jetta 2.0 and was told it is easy but my mechanic says it is an hour and a half job. Can I replace it myself?

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You can replace it youreself as long you know what you are doing...remenber that you will have to put new antifreeze and bleed the water cooling system so one hour and a half is a justifiable time.

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