okay first off id like to say that this might not be the best how-to exactly...but searching around i found just directions from http://protege5.ugly.net/....under
the engine section(sub category cooling system01-12..once your in that section youll want sections 01-12-5 and 01-12-6). but these were very helpful since im not the most mechanically inclined person which is the reason for this post. i figured hell if i can do it with just directions maybe i could take some pictures and make it a little easier for the next person. when it comes down to it this is a very easy fix that anyone should be able to do. well lets get started.
first off.....i drained the radiator and flushed it with the hose. very simple procedure. a little messy for me due to i had no clue what i was doing. first pic is obvious radiator cap off.
second and third pic is the location fo the drain plug and the plug pulled. under the car you have the plastic cover. just pull that down and gthe plug is right there. as you can see in the third pic the cover down and this angle is further back taking a pic just above the splash gaurd.
now the next pic shows the plug pulled and the sytem almost drained. now ill warn some people...i pulled the plug all the way out right away. due to the splash gauard being there it ran down into the bucket and also down the splash gaurd missing the bucket completely.
okay now that the radiator was drained i put the plug back in and proceeded to locate the thermostat. this is where the directions came in handy for myself. pictured below is the lower radiator hose in which the thermostat is housed in or better yet the piece that the hose is connected to that the t-stat in located in. now this is just left of the header just under it.
you then unbolt the housing to get to the t-stat. now i dont remeber the exact size ratchet i used to get it off but ill go back out and re-edit this when i get the size.
the next pic is with the t-stat removed. now this is where it got really messy. due to the t-stat being stuck closed it took a little prying to get out. i used a screwdriver myself..once the t-stat popped out i had a lot of coolant come pooring out of the block. just hosed down the driveway and went about my business.
now the next pic shows the t-stat out and the rubber gasket that was around the edge of it. i just took that off and re-used it seemed to be fine...might want to check yours. now the little "bump" on the edge of that gasket is supposed to be in line with the jiggle pin when you put in the new t-stat. another thing that was very hlepful from the directions.
now with the new t-stat part number 15048(duralast part) the jiggle pin is located under the metal pieces on top of the t-stat. sorry some pics arent the greatest. but youll see it when you get the part.
now match up the gasket and the "bump" to the jiggle pin. now you must aslo line them up on the housing. there is a spot on the housing where the "bump" must be placed. make sure you have the t-stat sitting in its proper place.