2001 Pontiac Montana

Engine Cooling problem
2001 Pontiac Montana 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 91,000 miles

Took out air filter box and rubber connectors to the carb.
Tryed to get to the Thermostat wow can't get to the back bolt. I can get to the front bolt. Any easy way to get it out or what do I have to do.

Man what a job to just replace the air filter. Wow

Thank you.

John Muller
Adirondack Mts, NY
November 19, 2008.

Hello John

Well, unless I am looking at the pic wrong, there is no back should be two front ones, one on top and one on bottom

I have attached the directions I have.

Also, looks like you may have some recalls on your vehicle. The dealer may fix these for free. Please contact the dealer service department, give them the VIN number of your car and have them check on these to see if they apply to you.

Thermostat Replacement

Removal Procedure

Remove the air cleaner and duct assembly.
Drain the coolant until the coolant level is below the thermostat.

Remove the radiator hose from the thermostat housing.
Remove the thermostat housing bolts and clean any sealer from the bolt threads.
Remove the thermostat housing and gasket.

Remove the thermostat.
Clean the mating surfaces. Installation Procedure

Install the thermostat.

Install the thermostat housing and gasket.
Install RTV sealer (GM P/N 1052366 or the equivalent) to the thermostat housing bolt threads. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
Install the thermostat housing bolts.
Tighten the bolts to 25 mm (18 ft. lbs.) .

Install the radiator hose to the thermostat housing.
Install the air cleaner and duct assembly.
Fill the cooling system.
Inspect the cooling system for leaks. Repair as necessary.

Nov 19, 2008.
Well you can't get to the bottom bold. The manifold is in the way. You have to be a contortionist to get at it. Any easier way to get to it?

Nov 19, 2008.
Hello -

Where is Jim Carey when you need him? A contortionist would be nice to have around once in a while.

Are you using one of the attached tool pics?

Without being there it is hard to say....can you come in from the bottom somehow or from one of the sides?

Sometimes using a inch drive and socket is better than a 3/8's if that is what you are using.

Again, without being there it is hard to could try sending a couple of pics and I can see what I can come up with.

Nov 19, 2008.