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Follow the lower radiator hose to the engine. Therm is in the housing

I know the answer to this question could be confusing, so I'll elaborate. The housing is not exactly in line with the hose like on some vehicles. It's directly under the distributor.

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Q: How do you replace the thermostat located on a 1994 Toyota Tercel and which housing?
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