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Removal & Installation 2.2L Engine To Remove:

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Negative battery cable.
    • Heat shield.
    • Oxygen sensor.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. Remove exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold.
  4. Lower the vehicle.
  5. Remove the exhaust manifold mounting nuts from the cylinder head. where are the exhaust system bolts located? - chevy_cav_02-04_exmanifold.gif

  6. Remove the exhaust manifold.
  7. Clean the mating surfaces.
  8. Check for cracks, broken flanges and gasket surface damage.
  9. Use a straight edge and a feeler gauge. If the flanges or the mating surfaces do not align, the manifold is warped and should be replaced.
To Install:
NOTE: The manufacturer recommends using new exhaust system nuts.
  1. Install the manifold gasket.
  2. Position the exhaust manifold to the cylinder head. Exhaust manifold 2.2L 87953055.gif

  3. Install the new exhaust manifold nuts. Tighten the nuts starting from the center and working toward the ends to 110 in lbs (12.5 Nm).
  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  5. Install the exhaust pipe to the manifold using a new flex coupler gasket.
  6. Install new exhaust flange mounting nuts.
    • Tighten to 33 ft lbs (45 Nm).
  7. Lower the vehicle.
  8. Install the oxygen sensor.
  9. Install the heat shield.
  10. Connect the negative battery cable.
2.4L Engine To Remove:
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable
  2. Disconnect the Oxygen (O2) sensor electrical connector.
  3. Remove the (O2) sensor.
  4. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Exhaust brace 2.4L 87953053.gif

  5. Remove the exhaust manifold brace-to-manifold bolt and the oil pan nuts, if necessary. Exhaust heat shield 2.4L 87953051.gif

  6. Remove the upper heat shield. NOTE: Do NOT bend the exhaust flex decoupler more than necessary to remove it. Excessive movement will damage the flex decoupler
    where are the exhaust system bolts located? - 87953056.gifhaust flex decoupler 87953056.gif

  7. Remove the manifold-to-exhaust flex decoupler fasteners.
  8. Remove the exhaust pipe.
  9. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  10. Remove the exhaust manifold-to-cylinder head mounting nuts/bolts. Remove the exhaust manifold.
  11. Discard the gaskets and/or seals. Clean the mating suwhere are the exhaust system bolts located? - 87953055.gif>
To Install:
Exhaust manifold 2.4L 87953055.gif

  1. Install new exhaust manifold gaskets. Position the exhaust manifold on the cylinder head. Tighten the mounting bolts in sequence to 110 in lbs (12.5 Nm).
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  3. Install the exhaust manifold heat shield. Tighten the mounting bolts to 10 ft. lbs (14 Nm).
  4. Install the exhaust manifold brace-to-manifold bolt and the oil pan nuts. Tighten the mounting bolts to 41 ft lbs (56 Nm) and the nuts to 18 ft lbs (24 Nm).
  5. Position the exhaust pipe to the manifold. Install the manifold-to-flex decoupler mounting bolts. Tighten to 26 ft lbs (35 Nm).
  6. Lower the vehicle.
  7. Coat the threads with a suitable anti-seize compound and install the O2 sensor.
  8. Connect thewhere are the exhaust system bolts located? - prev.gifor electrical connector.
  9. Connect the battery ground cable and check for leaks.
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    2. Pump cover-to-pump assembly - 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
    3. Cover-to-block, bottom bolt first - 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
    4. Radiator outlet pipe assembly-to-pump cover - 125 inch lbs. (14 Nm).
  21. Using new gaskets, install the exhaust manifold. Make sure to following the tightening sequence and torque specifications given in the exhaust manifold procedure located in this section.
  22. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  23. Index the exhaust manifold bolts into the exhaust pipe flange.
  24. Connect the exhaust pipe to the manifold. Install the exhaust pipe flange bolts evenly and gradually to avoid binding. Turn the bolts in until fully seated.
  25. Connect the radiator outlet pipe to the transaxle and oil pan. Install the exhaust manifold brace, if removed.
  26. On the 2.4L engine, install the timing chain tensioner and front cover.
  27. Install the lower heat shield.
  28. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  29. Fasten the bolt that attaches the exhaust manifold brace to the manifold.
  30. Tighten the manifold-to-exhaust pipe nuts to specification.
  31. Install the upper heat shield.
  32. Attach the oxygen sensor connector.
  33. Fill the radiator with coolant until it comes out the heater hose outlet at the thermostat housing. Then connect the heater hose. Leave the radiator cap off.
  34. Connect the negative battery cable, then start the engine. Run the vehicle until the thermostat opens, fill the radiator and recovery tank to their proper levels, then turn the engine off.
  35. Once the vehicle has cooled, recheck the coolant level.
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Sep 18, 2010 | 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Changing thermostat in 2004 Rendezvous


The dealership will charge around $450 to change the thermostat on the 3.4L engine.
You have to remove the crossover exhaust manifold. Once that is out of the way, the thermostat itself is easy. Before the manifold is removed, I could only touch one of the two bolts holding the thermostat housing in place, much less get a wrench on it.

If your engine is the 3.4L then the instructions below will work:

REMOVAL: - Remove the air cleaner and duct assembly. - Drain the coolant until the coolant level is below the thermostat. - Remove the crossover exhaust pipe. - Remove the radiator hose from the thermostat housing. - Remove the thermostat housing bolts and clean any sealer from the bolt threads.


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- Remove the thermostat housing and gasket. - Remove the thermostat. - Clean the mating surfaces.

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INSTALLATION: - Install the thermostat.Install the thermostat housing and gasket.

NOTE: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.

- Install the thermostat housing bolts and tighten them to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm). - Install the radiator hose to the thermostat housing.Install the crossover exhaust pipe. - Install the air cleaner and duct assembly. - Fill the cooling system.

Hope this helps, happy holidays :)

Dec 22, 2009 | 2004 Buick Rendezvous

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Where is the thermostat located on a pontiac grand am 2004 v6 3400


3.4L Engine

  1. Drain the cooling system.
  2. Remove the air cleaner.
  3. Remove exhaust crossover pipe.
  4. Disconnect the surge tank line fitting from the coolant outlet.
  5. Remove the thermostat housing to intake manifold bolts.
  6. Remove the thermostat housing outlet and thermostat
  7. Clean the mating surfaces.

To install:
  1. Install the thermostat and housing outlet.
  2. Install the thermostat housing bolts. Tighten the thermostat housing bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  3. Install exhaust crossover pipe.
  4. Connect the surge tank line fitting to the coolant outlet. Tighten the fittings to 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm).
  5. Install the air cleaner.
  6. Fill the cooling system.
  7. Inspect the system for leaks.

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Nov 23, 2009 | 2002 Pontiac Grand Am

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Replacing the water pump


2.4L Engine
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable
  2. Detach the Oxygen (O2) sensor electrical connector.
  3. Properly drain the engine coolant into a suitable container. Remove the heater hose from the thermostat housing for a more complete coolant drain.
  4. Remove upper exhaust manifold heat shield.
  5. Remove the bolt that attaches the exhaust manifold brace to the manifold.
  6. Remove the lower exhaust manifold heat shield.
  7. Break the manifold-to-exhaust pipe spring loaded bolts loose using a 13mm box wrench.
  8. Raise and safely support the vehicle.

NOTE It is necessary to relieve the spring pressure from 1 bolt prior to removing the second bolt. If the spring pressure is not relieved, it will cause the exhaust pipe to twist and bind up the bolt as it is removed.
  1. Unfasten the two radiator outlet pipe-to-water pump cover bolts.
  2. Remove the manifold to exhaust pipe bolts from the exhaust pipe flange as follows:
    1. Unscrew either bolt clockwise 4 turns.
    2. Remove the other bolt.
    3. Remove the first bolt.

NOTE DO NOT rotate the flex coupling more than 4° or damage may occur.
  1. Pull down and back on the exhaust pipe to disengage it from the exhaust manifold bolts.
  2. Remove the radiator outlet pipe from the oil pan and transaxle. Leave the lower radiator hose attached and pull down on the outlet pipe to remove it from the water pump. Leave the radiator outlet pipe hang.
  3. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  4. Unfasten the exhaust manifold-to-cylinder head retaining nuts, then remove the exhaust manifold, seals and gaskets.
  5. Remove the front timing chain cover and the chain tensioner. For details, please refer to the procedure located later in this section.
  6. Unfasten the water pump-to-cylinder block bolts. Remove the water pump-to-timing chain housing nuts. Remove the water pump and cover mounting bolts and nuts. Remove the water pump and cover as an assembly, then separate the two pieces.
87953070.gif Water pump and cover mounting—2.4L engine
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To install:
  1. Thoroughly clean and dry all mounting surfaces, bolts and bolt holes. Using a new gasket, install the water pump to the cover and tighten the bolts finger-tight.
  2. Lubricate the splines of the water pump with clean grease and install the assembly to the engine using new gaskets. Install the mounting bolts and nuts finger-tight.
  3. Lubricate the radiator outlet pipe O-ring with antifreeze and slide the pipe onto the water pump cover. Install the bolts finger-tight.
  4. With all gaps closed, tighten the bolts, in the following sequence, to the proper values:
    1. Pump assembly-to-chain housing nuts:19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
    2. Pump cover-to-pump assembly: 106 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
    3. Cover-to-block, bottom bolt first: 19 ft. lbs. (26 Nm).
    4. Radiator outlet pipe assembly-to-pump cover: 125 inch lbs. (14 Nm).
  5. Using new gaskets, install the exhaust manifold. Make sure to following the tightening sequence and torque specifications given in the exhaust manifold procedure located in this section.
  6. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  7. Index the exhaust manifold bolts into the exhaust pipe flange.
  8. Connect the exhaust pipe to the manifold. Install the exhaust pipe flange bolts evenly and gradually to avoid binding. Turn the bolts in until fully seated.
  9. Connect the radiator outlet pipe to the transaxle and oil pan.
  10. Install the timing chain tensioner and front cover.
  11. Install the lower heat shield.
  12. Carefully lower the vehicle.
  13. Fasten the bolt that attaches the exhaust manifold brace to the manifold.
  14. Tighten the manifold-to-exhaust pipe nuts to specification.
  15. Install the upper heat shield.
  16. Attach the oxygen sensor connector.
  17. Fill the radiator with coolant until it comes out the heater hose outlet at the thermostat housing. Then connect the heater hose. Leave the radiator cap off.
  18. Connect the negative battery cable, then start the engine. Run the vehicle until the thermostat opens, fill the radiator and recovery tank to their proper levels, then turn the engine OFF.
  19. Once the vehicle has cooled, recheck the coolant level, then install the radiator cap.

3.1L Engine
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Properly drain the cooling system into a suitable container.
  3. Loosen, but do not remove, the water pump pulley bolts.
  4. Remove the serpentine belt.
  5. Unfasten the water pump pulley bolts, then remove the pulley.
  6. Remove the five water pump mounting bolts, then remove the water pump.
To install:
86883115.gif View of the water pump mounting and bolt tightening specifications—3.1L engine shown
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  1. Clean all the gasket surfaces completely.
  2. Apply a thin bead of sealer around the outside edge of the water pump along the gasket sealing area, then install the gasket onto the water pump.
  3. Position the water pump on the engine, then tighten the water pump mounting bolts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  4. Install the water pump pulley and finger-tighten the pulley bolts.
  5. Install the serpentine belt.
  6. Tighten the water pump pulley bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm).
  7. Fill the cooling system.
  8. Connect the negative battery cable, then start the engine. Let the engine run until it reaches normal operating temperature, then check for leaks and coolant level. Add coolant, if necessary, then turn the engine OFF.

Aug 20, 2009 | 1997 Chevrolet Malibu

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