Need the location of the thermostat for replacement

Tiny
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  • 2002 TOYOTA HIGHLANDER
  • 3.0L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
Doing a radiator flush. I don't think it has ever been done either. Would like to replace the thermostat while I'm doing the flush also. It looks kind of difficult to do, but I need help with location and the best way to access it. I see the coolant tube, but after that I don't know how to proceed.
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Ron
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Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 AT 10:04 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

To replace the thermostat, you will have to remove few components, like the air filter box and the battery.

Before getting started you want to drain the coolant.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-an-engine-thermostat-works
https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-thermostat

I have attached the replacement instructions below as well as the testing procedure.

Please let me know of any questions.
Thank you.
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Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 AT 10:18 AM
Tiny
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Thanks, I found it. What is the jiggle valve/pin on the thermostat? Which way should it point when I install it?
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Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 AT 1:34 PM
Tiny
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That pin is to allow trapped air to pass through the thermostat. You want the pin to be at 12 o clock position.
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Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 AT 1:51 PM

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