2004 Chrysler Sebring thermostat

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Engine Cooling problem
2004 Chrysler Sebring 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 56,000 miles

My car is overheating in a few short miles, as it over heats there is water sparying out of the housing located on the top left of the engine where the radiator hose connects. On this housing there are four bolts I am unable to get a 5/16 wrench to loosen the furthest bolt.
Can you give me the correct directions on how to change the thermostat and if you think of other problems that could cause this to happen could you please advise me.
Thank you,

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 AT 2:01 PM

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Disconnect negative cable from remote jumper terminal.
Drain cooling system.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the right front wheel and belt splash shield.
Remove the accessory drive belts.
Remove the lower alternator mounting bolt.
Lower vehicle.
Disconnect alternator electrical connectors.
Disconnect AC clutch and AC pressure sensor electrical connectors. Reposition wiring harness.
Remove the oil dipstick and tube. Plug hole in oil pan where dipstick tube mounts with water tight stopper.

If hole for dipstick tube in oil pan is not plugged, coolant will enter oil pan. Serious engine damage can occur.

Remove the remaining alternator mounting bolts. Remove alternator.
Disconnect hoses at thermostat housing.
Remove the thermostat housing bolts.
Remove the thermostat and housing.

To install:

Clean gasket sealing surfaces.
Install the thermostat and gasket into the thermostat housing.
Make sure spring side of thermostat faces the engine side.
Install the thermostat with the air bleed valve located at the 12 o'clock position.

Install the thermostat and housing to cylinder block. Tighten attaching bolts to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
Connect hoses at thermostat housing.
Install the alternator and attaching bolts.
Clean residual coolant from area around hole for dipstick.
Remove the plug in oil pan and install the engine oil dipstick tube.
Reconnect AC clutch and AC pressure sensor connectors.
Reconnect alternator connectors.
Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Install the accessory drive belts.
Install the belt splash shield and right front wheel.
Lower vehicle.
Reconnect negative battery cable.
Fill cooling system.

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