Recently my coolant temperature has been going beyond the max limits and my coolant has been evaporating, engine check light came on . If I switch off the AC and turn the heater on, then the temperature reduces but far away from normal. I bought a thermostat, necessary tools and repaired my vehicle as stated below.
- Locate the radiator, coolant hose coming from the below of the radiator to the engine and air filter.
- Remove the electrical connections closer to the air filter.
- Unbolt the nuts of the air filter, Disconnect the air filter from the engine,removing the air filter gives space for easy removal of thermostat.
- Disconnect the radiator hose coming from the radiator to the inlet of the engine, you would be needing a bowl or bucket to avoid coolant being spilled onto the floor.
- There is a small steel pipe which connects the radiator hose and the thermostat housing, this steel pipe is attached to the engine housing with two 12mm bolts. These 2 bolts needs to be removed.
- Thermostat housing comes with two 12mm bolts, thermostat could be located once the thermostat housing is removed.
- Remove the old thermostat, replace it with a new one, ensure the seals are placed on the thermostat and the thermostat housing.
- Reassemble all the parts as per the list, fill up the coolant tank with enough coolant to compensate the loss of coolant.
- Start the engine and notice if the coolant temperature is showing as normal.
Reset the car computer to clear the engine light on, I got this done through Jiffy lubes. I have more pictures to show component's in detail. Mail me and I can explain more in detail.