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Thermostat location for VW Golf 1997

Where can I find it? my car is constantly heating up there is water in the tank, I notice a leak in the pump but it's not significant (yet) I am getting it replaced fans are turning on on time but temperature is always in the 230 zone
thx. for any help!

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    I am looking for the location of the water pump on a 2004 VW Golf 2.0 engine


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Hi, on MY golf ( your might not be the same ! ) .... the thermostat is at the end of the TOP hose , behind the distributor.

  1. Mark the distributor , making a mark across the adjuster slot and engine block . This is so you can later replace the distributor back to exact position so that the ignition timing will be the same. ( if you don't mark it then you wont know where it was before you messed with it )
  2. The Thermostsat is in the bulge part that is fastened to the engine at the end of the hose. Its secured by 2 bolts. You shouldn't need a gasket as from new there is no gasket fitted BUT with the new thermostat you should also get a rubber sealing ring. This, when fitted in place seals the joint.
  3. Once the cover is removed you should see the thermostat and it just pulls out.
  4. After fitting new stat , reassemble in revers order. Do NOT overtighten the cover nuts as you might warp the flange.
  5. The whole job should take less than 1 hour , its not difficult provided you have socket set and normal ring spanners. Its fiddly but easy.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

  • dave herbert May 20, 2012

    thx guest it helped

  • dave herbert May 25, 2012

    that is NOT the location of the thermostat


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The thermostat is place inside the water pump. Have to replace ur pump PRONTO and replace the thermostat at same time. Very hard job to do as u have to remove the alternator bracket because part of the bracket is actually ur water pump assembly.

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Wait, your water pump is leaking? if so, that is your problem. Water pumps will slowly leak coolant if their about to go. The thermostat can get stuck open or closed. I'm not sure where it is located in a VW Golf 1997, but it is most-likely a pain to get to it should be done professionally.

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

  • Samuel Ward Aug 26, 2008

    The thermostat resides in between your engine and your radiator and acts as a temperature controlled engine coolant valve.


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