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Is a thermostat housing and a water outlet the same part? Every time I search for a thermostat housing all I find are water outlets.

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Yes and no, at most auto parts stores they usually use the term "water outlet" to refer to the upper portion, the lid if you will, of the thermostat housing. This is the part that the upper radiator hose connects to. It looks like this:
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Most times shops and parts stores use these terms interchangeably though. The thermostat in your car sits in whats called a water box, which the coolant temperature sensor connects into and is capped in by the housing/water outlet. I would just ask, if you are being told by a shop, if you just need the piece that connects to the radiator hose and bolts over the thermostat or if you need the the outlet and the water box.

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Where is the thermostat located?


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Where is thermostat on my 2005 chevy classic


Thermostat Removal & Installation 2.2L Engine 2004-2005 To Remove:
  1. Drain the cooling system. chevy_cav_02-04_tstat.gif
  2. Remove the thermostat housing-to-water pump feed pipe bolts. chevy_cav_02-04_feedpipe.gif
  3. Remove the water pump feed pipe from the thermostat housing .
  4. Remove the thermostat from the housing.
To Install:
  1. Install the thermostat on the housing.
  2. Install the water pump feed pipe on the thermostat housing with the mounting bolts. Tighten 89 in-lb (10 Nm).
  3. Fill the cooling system.
2006-2007 To Remove:
  1. Drain the cooling system.
  2. Disconnect the radiator outlet hose from the surge tank and thermostat housing cover. Thermostat & cover gm-03-39-3601.gif
  3. Remove the mounting bolts and remove the thermostat housing cover.
  4. Remove the thermostat from the housing. Discard the O-ring.
To Install:
  1. Using a new O-ring, install the thermostat on the housing.
  2. Install the thermostat housing cover with the mounting bolts. Tighten 89 in-lb (10 Nm).
  3. Connect the radiator outlet hose to the surge tank and thermostat housing cover.
  4. Fill the cooling system.
3.5L Engine (LZ4) W/ Variable Valve Timing & 3.9L Engine To Remove:
  1. Drain the cooling system.
  2. Remove the air cleaner outlet duct.
  3. Disconnect the radiator outlet hose from the thermostat housing. Thermostat 3.9L gm-03-00-3054.gif
  4. Remove the mounting bolt/stud and remove the thermostat housing.
  5. Remove the thermostat from the engine.
  6. Clean the sealing surfaces.
To Install:
  1. Using a new gasket, install the thermostat on the engine.
  2. Install the thermostat housing with the mounting bolts. Tighten 89 in-lb (10 Nm).
  3. Connect the radiator outlet hose to the thermostat housing.
  4. Install the air cleaner outlet duct.
  5. Fill the cooling system.
  6. Check the cooling system for leaks.
3.5L Engine (LX9) W/O Variable Valve Timing To Remove:
  1. Drain the coolant.
  2. Disconnect the radiator hose from the thermostat housing. Thermostat 3.5L gm_mv_ven_tstat.gif
  3. Remove the mounting bolt/stud and remove the thermostat housing.
  4. Remove the housing gasket.
  5. Remove the thermostat.
  6. Clean the mating surfaces.
To Install:
  1. Install the thermostat on the engine.
  2. Install the thermostat housing and gasket with the mounting bolts. Tighten 18 ft-lb (25 Nm).
  3. Connect the radiator hose to the thermostat housing.
  4. Fill the cooling system.
  5. Check the cooling system for leaks.

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I need to replace a thermostat in a 2000 Chevy 2500 6.0 liter pickup


4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L Engines To Remove:
CAUTION
The thermostat is not serviceable separately. The thermostat housing (water pump inlet) and thermostat must be replaced as an assembly.
  1. Remove the radiator outlet hose. chevy_aval15_02-04_inlet.gif

  2. Remove the bolts from water pump inlet.
  3. Remove the water pump inlet from the water pump.
To Install:
  1. Install the water pump inlet to the water pump.
  2. Install the water pump inlet bolts.
    • Torque to: 11 ft-lbs. (15 Nm)
  3. Install the radiator outlet hose.
6.6L Engine To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Drain the engine coolant.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Water outlet 6.6L Thermostat housing removal gm_trk_sil25_02-04_66_therm_hous_rem.gif

    • Bolt for the fuel line bracket
    • Thermostat housing cover bolts
    • Thermostats and seals
To Install:
6.6L Thermostats and seals gm_trk_sil25_02-04_66_therm_seal.gif

  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Thermostats and seals to the thermostat housing NOTE: The rear thermostat (D) has 2 vent valves. Install with the vent valves towards the rear of engine.
    • Thermostat housing cover with a NEW gasket
    • Thermostat housing cover bolts and tighten the bolts
      1. Torque to: 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm)
    • Fuel line bracket bolt and tighten the bolt
      1. Torque to: 15 ft. lbs. (21 Nm)
    • Water outlet
  2. Fill the engine with coolant.
  3. Test drive the vehicle to confirm the repairs.
8.1L Engine To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Inlet hose from the water outlet Water outlet and thermostat removal chevy_sub25_02-04_60_thermost_rem.gif

    • Water outlet bolts (B)
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    • Thermostat (C)
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    • Water outlet
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  2. Fill the cooling system.
  3. Test drive the vehicle to confirm the repairs.
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Jan 12, 2011 | 2000 Chevrolet 2500

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How difficult is it to replace a thermostat? on a contour 1999. has the smaller engine


REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

2.0L Engine
See Figures 1 through 6

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Fig. 1: Remove the coolant recovery tank hose from the water outlet

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Fig. 2: Remove the upper radiator hose from the water outlet

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Fig. 3: Remove the three retaining bolts for the water outlet

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Fig. 4: Carefully separate the water outlet from the thermostat housing

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Fig. 5: Remove the thermostat from the housing

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Fig. 6: Make sure you replace the O-ring when installing a new thermostat

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Drain and recycle the engine coolant.
  3. Remove the air intake resonators.
  4. emove the upper radiator hose and coolant recovery tank hose from the water outlet.
  5. Remove the three retaining bolts from the water outlet and remove the outlet from the thermostat housing.
  6. Remove the thermostat and O-ring from the housing.
To install:
  1. Thoroughly clean the housing and install the thermostat and new O-ring into the housing.
  2. Install the water outlet and tighten the retaining bolts to 71-97 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm).
  3. Install the upper radiator and coolant recovery tank hoses to the water outlet.
  4. Install the air intake resonators.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6. Fill the cooling system with the proper 50 / 50 mixture and start the vehicle.
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CAUTION
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4.2L Engine

  1. Remove the necessary coolant from the radiator.
  2. Remove the alternator, as outlined in the Engine Electrical Section.
  3. Loosen the outlet hose clamp at the thermostat housing. Remove the outlet hose from the thermostat housing.
  4. Remove the thermostat housing bolts.
  5. Remove the thermostat housing from the engine block.
  6. Clean all of the surfaces of the thermostat housing.
  7. Clean the sealing surface of the engine block.
To install:
  1. Install the thermostat housing to the engine block.
  2. Install the thermostat housing bolts and tighten to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  3. Lubricate the inner diameter of the radiator hose with engine coolant.
  4. Install the outlet hose to the thermostat housing. Secure the hose with the clamp.
  5. Install the alternator.
  6. Fill the cooling system with specified coolant and concentration.
  7. Inspect all sealing surfaces for leaks after starting the engine.

5.3L Engine
NOTE The thermostat is not serviceable separately. The water pump inlet and thermostat must be replaced as an assembly.


  1. Drain the cooling system to a level below the thermostat.
  2. Remove the radiator outlet hose.
  3. Remove the water pump inlet bolts.
  4. Remove the water pump inlet and thermostat from the water pump.

To install:
  1. Install the thermostat and thermostat housing to the water pump.
  2. Install the thermostat housing bolts. Tighten the bolts to 11 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
  3. Install the radiator outlet hose.
  4. Properly fill the engine cooling system and check for leaks.

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  1. Remove the heater hoses.
  2. Remove the throttle body.
  3. Remove the radiator water pipe outlet.
  4. Remove the thermostat and housing.

    NOTE The thermostat and housing are replaced as a complete unit.

  5. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Tighten the housing bolts to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).

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  1. Remove the fuel injector sight shield.
  2. Partially drain the cooling system.
  3. Remove the radiator inlet hose from the water outlet housing.
  4. Reposition the wiring harness from the water outlet housing stud.
  5. Remove the water outlet housing bolt and the stud.
  6. Remove the water outlet housing and the gasket.
  7. Remove the thermostat.
  8. Clean and Inspect the water outlet housing gasket mating surfaces.
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  1. Install the thermostat.
  2. Install the gasket and the water outlet housing.
  3. Install the water outlet housing bolt and the stud to the water outlet housing and tighten to 20 ft. lbs. (27 Nm).
  4. Install the wiring harness to the water outlet housing stud.
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