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Re: 1996 nissan sentra
Find the big hose that comes out of the top of the radiator and follow
it to the engine and that is where the thermostat is located. My
advice is to be sure to get a factory thermostat and rubber gasket as
it makes installation much easier. I have done it both ways and the
factory one is easier to install.
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A clogged catalytic converter or a restricted exhaust will cause over heating. Also a cracked head or bad gasket. Also, if your engine timing is very far off it will overheat. Make sure you have all the air out of your cooling system and it is actually running hot, not just your gauge showing it's hot. I hope this helps.
A 1996 Sentr's water temp monitoring system is (I think) electrical, so have an electrician check your temperature gauge, thermostat, and all the wiring involved to find out which is working, then have the defective part replaced.
The thermostat is located near the back left of the engine if you are looking in with your hood open. It is inconveniently located next to several other hoses and wires. Your best bet is a racheting screwdriver with a 10mm socket. It is accessible from the top side. If you replace the thermostat and you experience over heating, it is most likely just air trapped in the housing. Run your car and warm it up, let it cool down, open radiator cap and add coolant. Repeat a few times and that should purge the air.
sounds like you have a thermostat problem also did you bleed the cooling system of all the air before you put the radiator cap on? if you have not bleed the system and there is a air lock you will have over heating problems. the way you can try bleeding the car is let it get up to temp with the rad cap off and let the fans cycle twice and wate till all the air bubbles stop stop coming out. if the air dosn't stop coming out for a long long time you may have a blown head gasket
Follow the bottom hose around the back of the engine and over to the
passenger side. This hose ends up almost directly behind the front/top
hose (where the thermostat should be...but that would be too easy).
Unbolt 3 bolts holding the housing on, pop off the housing, and the
thermostat should just pop right out.