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you get to it??? I stopped on the way home and bought one along with the proper amount of coolant (thanks Darek) thinking I would change it tonight because I think it is stuck in the closed position. The reason I think it is stuck in the closed position is the fact that it is not circlating and the top hose is to hot to hold and tight as a ticks ass. The bottom hose has little to no prasure on it and is only warm to the touch........The question here is, has anyone rplaced the thermostat, and if so what all had to be removed to do so.....that bastage is hidden up under the alternator, in fact is hard to see at all from the top or botoom of the truck......HELP
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Re: Thermostat? how the crap do.........

If I remember correctly, Tribo was sayin that the thermostat is built into the waterneck or something???
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it is, one piece. 40 bux! I need help getting to it.
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got the OEM part number for that part? I'll look it up on MOD.
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Re: Thermostat? how the crap do.........

according to the factory service dvd you get to it from the driverside wheel well you have to take the tire and splash guard off i believe then you get easy access to it.
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i'm rading chiltons right now mark, hang on
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got the OEM part number for that part? I'll look it up on MOD.
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Re: Thermostat? how the crap do.........

I changed my thermo in my 04 3.5 and I had to take the drivers side tire off and take the inner fender plastic off and it was right there!! Beware, you will have a lake of sticky-ass dexcool all over the garage floor!! Good Luck!
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1 Drain the cooling system.
2 Raise and support the vehicle only high enough to access the thermostat housing through the wheelhouse.
3 Remove the left Wheelhouse liner.
4 Position the J38185 (hose clamp pliers) to the clamp in order to remove the radiator hose from the thermostat housing.
5 remove the thermostat housing bolts.
6 Remove the thermostat housing from the engine block.
7 Clean and inspect the thermostat housing.
8 Clean and inspect the sealing surface of the engine block.
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Under the alternator? I thought it was just above the powersteering pump? Just pull the hose, a couple bolts and its off? (probably not right??)
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I changed my thermo in my 04 3.5 and I had to take the drivers side tire off and take the inner fender plastic off and it was right there!! Beware, you will have a lake of sticky-ass dexcool all over the garage floor!! Good Luck!
bam! thats what I was looking for, was thinking that but was not sure. I did not wanna start on a project from the totaly wrong direction. Thanks GMZ71
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Re: Thermostat? how the crap do.........

1) disconnect (-) battery cable
2) remove left front tire and and put vehicle on jackstands
3) follow lower radiator hose to the engine to locate the thermostat housing
4) loosen clamp, and take the hose off
5) remove the bolts and detach housing
6) if it is stuck, tap wit a soft face hammer to remove
7) clean all surfaces of engine and housing
8) make sure o-ring is installed on thermostat housing
9) reverse and install
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mwcky, you should throw together a how-to....
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1 Drain the cooling system.
2 Raise and support the vehicle only high enough to access the thermostat housing through the wheelhouse.
3 Remove the left Wheelhouse liner.
4 Position the J38185 (hose clamp pliers) to the clamp in order to remove the radiator hose from the thermostat housing.
5 remove the thermostat housing bolts.
6 Remove the thermostat housing from the engine block.
7 Clean and inspect the thermostat housing.
8 Clean and inspect the sealing surface of the engine block.

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Under the alternator? I thought it was just above the powersteering pump? Just pull the hose, a couple bolts and its off? (probably not right??)

yeah, not there.....other side on the bottom.
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according to the factory service dvd you get to it from the driverside wheel well you have to take the tire and splash guard off i believe then you get easy access to it.
x2 what he said i was going to do mine a while back becuse i thought it was over heating but the dealer checked it and said it is working and that the truck temp was normal running a bit more than half.
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