I've got a 2001 Saturn L300 V6. My oil cooler leaked oil into my cooling system, so I set about to replace it and redo all the seals. While I'm at that, I figured I would change out my t-stat since I'm in the area and I think mine is still the original. My oil cooler job went OK, but this T-stat replacement is killing me. I'll explain the situation in text here but I also shot a video of my engine so you can see for yourself. The link is below.
The upper radiator hose is stuck onto the t-stat extension tube, and the only way I can remove it is to cut it off, which I have not done yet. In the mean time I took out the bolt holding the extension tube's mounting tab. This bolt is the one that also holds one side of the front engine mount and another tab supporting the dipstick assembly. I also removed a nut holding a steel pipe and tube from the very front of the engine.
Even with the radiator hose stuck on there, I should be able to free the extension from the t-stat, but no luck. The dipstick is in my way and I can't move anything. I've tried twisting the dipstick stem, but it barely budges.
I heard that there might be another bolt in this area that will let me move the dipstick more, but I can't find it for the life of me. I've also taken the thermostat bolts out and wiggled it around to loosen the extension with no luck. That means I can't give up and put it back together since I busted the seals.
Reference Video I shot
www. Youtube. Com/watch?V=efFWOHYQi2U
have the same problem?
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 AT 5:07 PM