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Leaking Antifreeze i have a water leak below the thermostat housing.Not sure if thereis a second thermostat gasket or if it is the intake gasket leaking.

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Are you getting water in the oil?
Are you burning white smoke?

Depending on the moter size, it could be an intake gasket leaking as well.

2.0 has thermostat mounted to head and hose to Radiator, 2.4 has thermostat below radiator cap.

Best thing to do is have Radiator pressure test done and see where the leak is for sure. There are dyes that you can add to the radiator and you can see leaks with UV light.

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    Loosen clamp and remove radiator hose from thermostat housing. Some antifreeze will leak out, so have some rags available.

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    Remove the bolts holding the thermostat housing on and pull the housing from the engine. The gasket might make it a little difficult, so do not be afraid to pull hard. Do not strike it with any tools as you can crack it.

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    Remove the old thermostat and note its alignment.

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    Place a rag in the thermostat's mounting hole so no gasket material can enter the engine and then scrape the gasket from the housing and the engine.

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    Install the new thermostat in same position as old one.

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    Reinstall the housing and tighten down bolts snugly. Torque them with your torque wrench to 10 ft.-lbs. Make sure you do not over-tighten them.

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    Reinstall the radiator hose to thermostat housing and tighten the clamp.

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    Stop the engine and allow it to cool down completely then check the coolant level. Add coolant as required.

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