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HOW TO REPLACE THERMOSTAT

1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass

Engine Cooling problem
1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 102000 miles

I need instructions on how to replace the thermostat step by step. I visited the local library and spent an afternoon going through the available material but could only find troubleshooting information.
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Smoky
October 24, 2008.



Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Partially drain the engine cooling system, into a suitable container, to a level below the thermostat.
If replacing the water outlet, detach the radiator hose from the outlet.
Unfasten the water outlet attaching bolts and remove the water outlet.
Remove the thermostat. Remove and discard the gasket.
Thoroughly clean the manifold water inlet and water outlet mating surfaces.


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To install:
Position the thermostat into the inlet manifold.
Apply a 0.125 in. (3mm) bead of RTV sealer to the thermostat housing.
Install the water outlet to the inlet manifold, then tighten the attaching bolts to 18 ft. lbs. (23 Nm).
Attach the radiator hose to the water outlet housing.
Refill the engine with the specified type and amount of engine coolant. Connect the negative battery cable, start the engine and check for coolant leaks.

Legitimate007
Oct 24, 2008.