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How do you change a thermostat in a 2000 Chevy venture without taking off the exhaust?


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2011-09-13 00:10:22
2011-09-13 00:10:22

You take the trottle body lose and use a stub wrench to get the bottom bolt. The bottom hole in the gooseneck housing is really a slot, so just loosen the bottom bolt to allow enough clearance to get the housing by the thermostat.

I found removing the bottom bolt made it earier easier to remove the housing. You will need a 10mm stubby wrench(stubby ratchet wrench even better) to get to the bottom bolt,as well as a pry bar to pry the heat shield away from the thermostat housing to give you a little more clearance to get it past the thermostat, this made the job ALOT easier. You should also get yourself a throttle body gasket while your at the parts counter because it will probably break when you remove the TB (mine did).


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