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Old 08-12-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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Replacing thermostat

I'm gonna be buying a new thermostat tommarow, because of my overheating problems; and I wanted to ask you guys if I am able to replace the thermostat easily without a PITA. And what tools and materials will I need to replace it?

I might change the radiator too, since I never changed it since my dad bought the truck brand new.
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I'm gonna be buying a new thermostat tommarow, because of my overheating problems; and I wanted to ask you guys if I am able to replace the thermostat easily without a PITA. And what tools and materials will I need to replace it?

I might change the radiator too, since I never changed it since my dad bought the truck brand new.
The T-stat is a Piece of cake , no sh**! 2 10mm nuts, whalla! Either upgrade to a HP T-stat or go with an OEM. If you go with an OEM cut that damn nipple off, of all my experience if you go with a cheap aftermarket the SOB will overheat on you! The rad, really isn't that bad either, take the fan clutch,fan and shroud off to make it a hell of a lot easier!
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Old 08-12-2005, 07:35 PM   #3
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not to hijack but can you please post a pic to where it is located? Thanks. 2nd gen 4runner.
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How about the gasket for the thermostat housing, how do I replace it? Or do i reuse the old one?
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Freshman, its on the bottom of the engine, where the lower radiator hose leads into the engine. Right behind the radiotor fan.
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How about the gasket for the thermostat housing, how do I replace it? Or do i reuse the old one?
Replace it. They are like $2 at NAPA or similar. It simply goes around the new thermo like a big o-ring. At least that's how it is on the 5VZ - I assume the 3VZ is the same way.
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My engine has been overheating, so I took out the thermostat. I can't tell if it's sticking or not. I'll probably buy a new one tomorrow. Would it hurt to run it w/o the thermostat until I replace it?

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My engine has been overheating, so I took out the thermostat. I can't tell if it's sticking or not. I'll probably buy a new one tomorrow. Would it hurt to run it w/o the thermostat until I replace it?

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Nevermind, I let it sit running while I came up here and checked in to the thermostat, and it's still overheating. Back to the drawing board...

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