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Anyone ever change a thermostat in their car?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Joe Nerve, Jun 9, 2005.


  1. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I'm going to give it a go. Anything I should know before taking a socket wrench to my car?

    I've got the new thermostat, I was told it's at the engine side of the upper hose on my radiator. I'm quite sure I've located it. Seems to just have a clip holding the hose on. I plan to take off the clip, pull off the hose (the engine will be cool), see how the old one was in, put the new in the same way, and re-attach the hose. Oh yeah, I bought a gasket too and I'm figuring I'll see where that goes once I take the hose off. :) Am I in trouble???? Or is it as simple as I just made it sound.

    The car is an 89 honda civic hatchback that overheats in traffic.
     
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Yes - it should take you about five minutes if all the fasteners cooperate. You may want to spray the bolts with WD40 the day before you plan on doing the work.
     
  3. DougP

    DougP

    Sep 4, 2001
    might want a bucket handy too. shouldnt be a whole of fluid loss but there is usually some.
     
  4. eldave777

    eldave777

    May 24, 2005
    You will need a sealer called Black Magic. You put that on your gasket.
     
  5. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    why ya gotta go starting trouble!

    i was ready to head out and start doing it. going to an autoparts store or hardware store will put a considerable kink in my days plans and probably make me unable to do this till saturday. is that REALLY necessary? or just something that will make the going a little easier?
     
  6. You'll definitely need to seal that gasket. You also should bring out a razor blade to scrap the bits of the old gasket off the block and the fitting that attaches to the radiator hose since it will have been sealed as well.

    Jeff
     
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    The freaking thermostat is underneath the engine. Took the hose off the top, was all xcited that I was finally gonna do something mysself - off to my theif mechanic now.
     
  8. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    when i first saw the thread, i thought the title was..

    "Anyone ever change a thermostat in their cat?"

    when i clicked and realized my error.

    i was some what releived, but also dissappointed.
     
  9. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Did that yesterday.
     
  10. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    i LOLed
     
  11. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Joe, make the investment in a service manual for that model,
    a good one usually has a detailed description of how to
    take care of these kinds of things.

    It will be paid for after the first d-i-y job.
     
  12. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    Joe- if the car only overheats in traffic, check to make sure the electric cooling fan is working.