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Old 01-25-2005, 03:13 PM   #11
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You buy a manual yet? Or google it, shouldnt be too difficult.
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Old 01-25-2005, 04:02 PM   #12
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okie dokie. i'll bite.

not sure. it depends on how much you drain out. you won't have to drain the entire system to take care of a thermostat, so don't sit there for 20 minutes waiting for everything to drain out.

drain enough coolant so that the coolant level is below the thermostat.

use a pair of slip joint pliers (or channel-locks, but i find the slip joint are easier to manuver around) to loosen the hose clamps on both ends of the upper radiator hose.

loosen and remove bolts on thermostat housing (prolly 10mm or 13mm).

remove old thermostat *while noticing orientation of spring* - you want that sucker to point the right direction when you put it back in...

clean up, install new gasket, throw er back together.

i haven't done a gasket on my 96, so i don't know what type of gasket is used here (a paper one that goes on one side of the t-stat, or a rubber one that goes around the t-stat), so i can't get to specific, but those are your general directions.

but your absolute best bet is to buy a manual. a haynes is only 14 bucks, and will give you all of your torque specs and whatnot.

if that'* too much for you right now, go to autozone.com, and tinker around there. they have repair instruction guides on their site, which aren't too bad.
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I dont have the correct tools for it. I thought I did and when I tried taking the clamp off, I could not take it all the way off, so I stopped. Also is is some green dried up antifreeze inside the house. Do the house need changing? After i did all of that, trying to put the clamp back on, now its a little coolant coming aout. 1 drip a second and sizzling on the pipe cover. Can I just easily break off the clamp thats on there and put a new calmp back on? The clamp thats on there is a metal clamp. I bought some new clamps but needed to know if its ok to use it once i take the metal clamp off.
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I finally changed the stat. Nobody told me anything about having to put some gasket sealant and purchasing a gasket for the housing. I
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