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The thermostat is located where the radiator hose meets the engine.
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The engine coolant thermostat acts as a gateway in the cooling system to allow or disallow the passage of engine coolant through the engine. To run optimally, the engine on your Ford Explorer needs to maintain a constant temperature, give or take 10 degrees. The thermostat closes when the engine temperature drops below that threshold and opens when it rises above it. Unfortunately, thermostats are not made to last forever and should be replaced during every cooling system repair. Make sure the engine is cold before beginning any cooling syst
Place the drain pan beneath the engine, below the thermostat housing. Locate the thermostat housing by following the upper radiator hose from the radiator to the housing.
Use the socket set to loosen the hose clamp on the upper radiator hose and then pull the hose off the thermostat housing by hand. Aim the hose down toward the drip pan to catch any coolant that may escape.
Use the socket set to remove the two bolts that hold the thermostat housing to the top of the engine. Lift the housing off by hand. Inspect it to make sure it has no signs of corrosion; set it aside. If there is any corrosion, you will need to replace the housing.
Pull the thermostat out of the well in the top of the engine. If it is stuck, you can use the pocket screwdriver to lift it out. Either way, it should come out easily. Note how the thermostat was positioned and oriented in the well for reference during installation.
Thursday, February 18th, 2016 AT 6:18 PM