Originally Posted by Strangelove
thanks for the tips. is there a guide on how to change out the thermostat with a drilled 180 or any of the other things you mentioned? also, i have a one month warranty on the car. how can i tell if the upper / lower intake is damaged already?
i appreciate it!
There'* been some controversy on the 99 intakes. I'm not sure I've seen one fail yet, but it may have to do with the production date. There'* a few topics regarding that here. Can you take a picture of the casting date on your intake? It'll have arrows pointing to numbers.
For the thermostat, just get the 180 of your choice (it must be the same series as the 195, any auto parts store can help you with the fit) , the fiber housing gasket, and the rubber seal for the rim of the stat. Drill two 1/16" holes in the flat part where they won't interfere with the rubber seal, de-burr the holes top and bottom with a larger drill bit by hand, and rinse well.
The swap procedure is simply removing the 2 nuts on the housing, lift it up, and carefullyy clean the surface. Stuff a rag in the lower intake, or leave the old thermostat in while you do this so that the debris from the old filter doesn't get into the system.
It'* really straightforward, but I suggest spending 12 buck on a Chiltons #28200 manual. It'll walk you right through it. Torque specs are in techinfo, specifications at the top of the page.