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Date:         Mon, 7 Nov 2005 11:09:55 -0500
Reply-To:     Roger Sisler <rogersisler2000@YAHOO.COM>
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From:         Roger Sisler <rogersisler2000@YAHOO.COM>
Subject:      Re: Bolt breakage on thermostat... what to do?? (WAS: Re:
              changing thermostat on 1.9l)

It sounds like you are doing a waterpump change out on a 1.9.I feel your pain.I did the same thing as you snapping bolt heads off.Just couldnt stop with one head though.The advice here is to leave those bolts ALONE ! This is too late for you,but some other grasshopper may see this. I spent a sunday at the yard getting one off another vanagon. A few weeks ago I reattempted to fix my old housing , and I think it can be fixed.The keys are heat and strong vice grips. I had studs remaining from the broken bolts. I used mapp gas for many minutes on the stud and I got one out.The remaining stud is still waiting for another day when I got nothing to do.If there were 50 lower thermistat housings with 100 bolts, all would be snapped off trying to get that stupid flange off(it doesnt need to come off, and a new gasket for this comes with the water pump kit,so how would you know?).

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