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Old 01-14-2011, 06:41 AM
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Default Advice on replacing the thermostat

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
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:15 AM
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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.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:21 AM
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Default Re: Advice on replacing the thermostat

follow the upper radiator hose to the engine, and you'll find it.. Only 2 bolts and kinda tricky to get to with fan shroud in the way.. but with correct extensions. you'll have no problem...


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Old 01-14-2011, 09:24 PM
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I just replaced mine, its 195 DEGREES./
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:50 AM
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Thanks for the replies
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:58 PM
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i second getting a motorcraft thermostat. I got one from advanced had to take it back out and replace with motorcraft for it to work right. The extra lil bit of money would have saved me a lot of trouble
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