Question about 1988 Plymouth Reliant
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:
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.
Posted on Nov 10, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Fig. 1: Remove the coolant recovery tank hose from the water outlet
Fig. 2: Remove the upper radiator hose from the water outlet
Fig. 3: Remove the three retaining bolts for the water outlet
Fig. 4: Carefully separate the water outlet from the thermostat housing
Fig. 5: Remove the thermostat from the housing
Fig. 6: Make sure you replace the O-ring when installing a new thermostat
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Specific instructions for your car are as follows. Let me know if you get stuck or have more questions. 5.3L Engine
Removal & Installation
NOTE The thermostat is not serviceable separately. The water pump inlet and thermostat must be replaced as an assembly.
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