2001 Kia Carens

2001 Kia Carens

I am trying to change my thermostat in my carnival. I have taken half the engine out to get to it. Some sites have said it is on the side. My one I think is below the manifolds and has a plastic cover. I ac get to it now since I have stripped the motor. It has two bolts and a plastic shaft that leads to the water pump. It does'nt seem to want to come off is it glued in or am I missing something.

Many Thanks
Pulliing my hair out
May 15, 2010.

Did the motor recently overheat? If so then the thermostat gasket probably melted and sealed the two surfaces together. Will just have to take a flat blade tool and pry it apart.

May 16, 2010.