WHAT NEEDS TO BE REMOVED TO CHANGE THERMOSTAT HOUSING ON XLT
2001 Ford Explorer
May, 6, 2013 AT 1:25 PM
My issue is coolant leaking from the thermostat housing. I have a complete thermostat housing (incl. Thermostat). Removing the top portion of the thermostat housing is no problem, but it appears that I will have to remove the manifold to gain access to the screws that secure the lower housing. I would like to know what I can expect to remove to gain access to the entire housing. Are there any additonal gaskets that I will need? Is the only way to to get to the lower housing and have enough clearance is to remove the alternator?
Just remove the alternator it will give you plenty of access for what needs removed. Just make sure you have a new top for the thermostat housing because the one you take off will likely bust cause its brittle and cheap.