2004 Pontiac Aztek


Willis Pingel

March, 1, 2010 AT 2:13 PM

Engine Cooling problem
2004 Pontiac Aztek 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 44k miles

How do you change a thermostat on a 2004 Azstek 6cyl. Thank you Bill






3 Answers



March, 1, 2010 AT 2:16 PM

1. Remove the air cleaner and duct assembly.
2. Drain the coolant until the coolant level is below the thermostat.
3. Remove the crossover exhaust pipe.
4. Remove the radiator hose from the thermostat housing.
5. Remove the thermostat housing bolts and clean any sealer from the bolt threads.
6. Remove the thermostat housing and gasket.
7. Remove the thermostat.
8. Clean the mating surfaces.

1. Install the thermostat.
2. Install the thermostat housing and gasket.

Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.

3. Install the thermostat housing bolts and tighten them to 18 ft. Lbs. (25 Nm).
4. Install the radiator hose to the thermostat housing.
5. Install the crossover exhaust pipe.
6. Install the air cleaner and duct assembly.
7. Fill the cooling system.



March, 2, 2010 AT 2:47 PM

Before trying to replace thermostat, really hard to and about $500.00 labor to get done, try this unplug both electric cooling fans, start engine and let idle a few minutes, heater might work I think it might be a signal problem from coolant temp sensor, hook fans up, don t leave unplugged or engine will over heat



April, 17, 2010 AT 4:55 PM

The directions were correct! I did mine recently without removing the crossover pipe.I needed a stubby ratcheting wrench, a coat hanger (to hold the bolt) and some patience. But it's an expensive fix at a garage and a time consuming one at home, unless you have the proper tools and a garage.

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