| | Re: Advice on replacing the thermostat
Originally Posted by johndietrich12
Hi everyone, i need to replace the thermostat in my ranger but dont really knowhere to even begin. i read online to follow the upper radiator hose to the thermostat housing but i looked there without disconnecting the hose and dont see anything that looks like thermostat housing. ranger xlt 2.5l automatic. Would i be able to see it if i disconnected the upper radiator hose? or is it just buried under more things that i would have to remove? If anyone has this year and model truck and knows where to look and what to do i would really appreciate some help. thanks
I have the exact same truck. I don't have AC. I read a post about someone once complaining about the AC lines being in the way but I can speak for that. follow the upper rad hose to the housing. there are 2 bolts I can remember the exact size but they were around 7 or 8mm. they are at the front of the motor not the top. I remove the fan shroud first it makes it easier. the shroud is held on with 2 bolts and is easy to remove. After you unplug the 2 sensors(if you have the oem sensors and connectors they can not be connecting incorrectly there are nubs on them that prevent this) hoses and the 2 bolts the housing comes right offer. the t-stat is in the housing. it gets twisted before you pull it out. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND GETTING THE OEM MOTORCRAFT TSTAT i THINK IT IS AROUND 190 DEGREES. you should get a new gasket also the gasket is the oring type that fits into the housing. I believe the bleeder hole goes at 12:00 but not positive.
2004 Ranger edge, ext Cab, 2wd, 3.0, M5OD, A/C, 100k miles, 4wheel ABS, rear drum brakes, Purchased on 8/2/2013 with a P0304. It needs heads. Misfires on occassion. In the procees of swapping in new heads. Hoping to get it done for $1,000. Put 10k miles on since purchase.
Last edited by modelageek; 01-14-2011 at 08:40 AM.