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Date:         Sun, 6 Nov 2005 15:05:03 -0500
Reply-To:     Mike Collum <collum@VERIZON.NET>
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From:         Mike Collum <collum@VERIZON.NET>
Subject:      Re: Bolt breakage on thermostat... what to do??  (WAS: Re:
              changing thermostat on 1.9l)
Comments: To: Wesley Pegden <wes@CS.UCHICAGO.EDU>
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Well ... you could try removing (or twisting the head off) the other one so you can remove the lower part of the housing. Then you'll have access to the shank of the one already broken.

At that point I'd use a Craftsman "Bolt Out" on the now exposed shaft. Don't sell those handy tools short! They can do wonders.

Don't forget to apply the other recommendations at this point ... including copious amounts of PB Blaster.


Wesley Pegden wrote: > Yes, the advice I didn't heed was the advice I should have... I just > twisted the head of one of the bolts on the lower thermostat housing. > What can I do about this? I don't have easy access to lots of fancy > tools. Is there some reasonable way out of this situation? > > Thanks.... > Wes > > ('84 1.9l manual) > > > TC wrote: > >>> AND don't forget to get the back of the van up onto a set of ramps. >>> That will help with coolant loss and with (slightly) better access to >>> the >>> >>> >> area. >> >> >>> A large sheet of cardboard to go under your backside is also a big help >>> - it can keep you out of the coolant puddle! Old carpet is good, too. >>> >>> >> >> and dont forget to soak those seized bolts on the themostat for 5 >> weeks b4 >> you start, then when you do snap them off...:) >> >> >> >

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