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What are some tips for changing a car thermostat?

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Tips for changing a car thermostat include moving the car to a level spot and allowing it to cool completely. Drain the coolant completely. When you remove the original thermostat, push a clean shop towel into the open space to keep the cooling system clean.

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Spray lubricant can make it easier to remove tight hoses and housings when exposing and removing the thermostat. Before taking out the original thermostat, it is helpful to take a photo for reference. For the new part to function correctly, install it in the same position. After reassembling the cooling system, replace the coolant and run the engine for a few minutes to check for leaks and verify that the temperature gauge functions correctly.

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