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Where is the thermostat located at? is it an easy repair?

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Stand in front of the car, and open the hood. Look down at the radiator. The top hose running from the radiator to the engine. Where the hose ends, is the the cap to the thermostat. Now to replace it (got abut 30 to 40 minutes?). Go to the auto parts store and get a new thermostat and gasket. Oh, how old are the hoses? If 3 years or older, you might want to replace them. I don't know if you also want to use gasket sealant( i do use it). You will need a ratchet and sockets, screwdriver, scraper, and maybe pliers. Make sure engine is cold. Remove the top radiator hose, it will be a little hard pulling it off ( Rubber will seal against the cap due to heat). Now remove the bolts holding down the thermostat housing cap. Gently pry up the cap. STOP! turn cap over and scrape off the old gasket down to metal. Now remove the thermostat. STOP! Now lets clean the housing down to metal also. Now,( if want to use it) apply a thin coat of gasket sealant. Replace the thermostat. place down the new gasket. On the cap, also apply a thin coat of gasket sealant. Replace the cap, and bolt back down. Replace the hose. Now if you did use the gasket sealant, give it about 30 minutes to set up. Start the car, and let warm up. When the thermostat opens, check for leaks. Now is the time to replace any lost fluid. Never add any thing to the radiator when cold. It could crack it or the engine. Hope this helps

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