Repair

Tiny
TRACYHUGHES41
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  • 1996 FORD WINDSTAR
  • 6 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 187,000 MILES
Where is the thermostat located on the 1996 windstar?
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 10:26 PM

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What do you have for an engine size?
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 10:39 PM
Tiny
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3.8 v6
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 10:45 PM
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Disconnect battery ground cable (14301).
WARNING:NEVER REMOVE THE RADIATOR CAP (8100) UNDER ANY CONDITIONS WHILE THE ENGINE IS OPERATING. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN DAMAGE TO THE COOLING SYSTEM OR ENGINE AND/OR PERSONAL INJURY. TO AVOID HAVING SCALDING HOT COOLANT OR STEAM BLOW OUT OF THE COOLING SYSTEM OR RESERVOIR, USE EXTREME CARE WHEN REMOVING THE RADIATOR CAP FROM A HOT COOLING SYSTEM OR RESERVOIR. WAIT UNTIL THE ENGINE HAS COOLED, THEN WRAP A THICK CLOTH AROUND THE RADIATOR CAP AND TURN IT SLOWLY UNTIL PRESSURE BEGINS TO RELEASE. STEP BACK WHILE THE PRESSURE IS RELEASED FROM THE COOLING SYSTEM. WHEN CERTAIN ALL PRESSURE HAS BEEN RELEASED, PRESS DOWN ON THE RADIATOR CAP (STILL WITH A CLOTH), TURN AND REMOVE RADIATOR CAP.

Drain the engine cooling system until the engine coolant level is below the water thermostat (8575).
Remove the air cleaner outlet tube.
Disconnect the heater hose from the intake manifold.
CAUTION:Do not pry water hose connection (8592) off or possible damage to the vehicle may occur.

Disconnect the upper radiator hose at the water hose connection. Remove the retaining bolts and lift the water hose connection clear of the engine.
Remove water thermostat by rotating counterclockwise in water outlet connection until water thermostat becomes free.
Installation
Clean water outlet connection pocket and cylinder head mating faces.
Place water thermostat in position, fully inserted and rotate clockwise in water hose connection to secure.
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 10:54 PM

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