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How Do You Replace The Thermostat On A 1997 Ford Taurus?

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The great thing about a thermostat in a 1997 Ford Taurus is that when it fails, it fails safe. This means the thermostat fails in the open position, which allows radiator fluid to flow through the vehicle preventing the car from overheating. This helps to protect the car, but it doesn't do much for keeping the driver warm in the winter. Fortunately, swapping out a thermostat is not an overly expensive venture and is generally considered to be a simple do-it-yourself fix. Locate the upper radiator hose and trace it to the intake manifold that is located on the top of the engine on a Ford Taurus. The housing that the hose is connected to is the housing that has the thermostat inside of it. Remove the band clamp that connects the radiator hose to the thermostat housing with a Phillips screw driver. Once the clamp is loosened the hose can be pulled off of the housing. Remove the bolts that hold the thermostat housing to the intake manifold with a box wrench. Be careful not to lose any of ... more
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