Pointers when Installing Ford Thermostat Housing
To prevent your Ford from overheating or to keep your vehicle warming properly, the thermostat and its housing must be working efficiently. Typically, the housing cracks internally and may let water flow past the gasket. When this happens, change the housing immediately. Replacing your Ford thermostat housing is actually quite easy. You can complete the task in 30 to 60 minutes on your own with just the basic tools and no special skills. Here are some pointers to get you through the process quickly:
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
- Socket wrench and socket set
- Jack and jack stands
- Open-end wrench
- Thermostat (optional)
- Thermostat housing
- Gasket (optional)
- Torx driver
- Finger ratchet (optional)
- Small rubber hose (optional)
- Drain pan
- Safety glasses and protective gloves
Preparing for the task
Start draining your coolant a little. You can use a clean drain pan so you can use it again later. Disconnect the coil pack wiring harness. With a socket and open-end wrench, take out the EGR tube brackets. To have access to the Ford thermostat housing, you may have to take out the intake piping from the throttle body to the air box. After removing the intake piping, locate the clamp holding the upper radiator hose to the thermostat housing. Use a pair of pliers to detach the hose. Simply squeeze the clip on the upper hose and shift it away from the end. Let go of the pressure on the clip and pull the hose from the thermostat housing. Continue to remove the other hoses in the same way.
Removing the thermostat housing
With a socket wrench or ratchet, take out the bolts securing the thermostat housing to the intake manifold or cylinder hear. These bolts are usually long with short threads. If you are changing the thermostat, replace it now. Make sure that when you get a replacement thermostat, it must include the O-ring gasket. If not, get one before installing the new thermostat.
Replacing the thermostat housing
After mounting and checking the installation of the new thermostat, settle in the new Ford thermostat housing and start putting everything back in the reverse order you took them out. Wipe and clean the bolts on the housing and make sure to tighten those bolts on the thermostat housing to the intake manifold. Reattach the radiator hose to the thermostat housing and the intake piping. You can reuse the coolant you drained out earlier or if not, get an appropriate new coolant. Just make sure to use the same type of coolant.
Tips and warnings
- Before starting the replacement process, ensure that the vehicle's engine is cool to avoid any accidents and injuries.
Make sure not to spill any coolant on the ground as it is hazardous to the health. In case of spillage, wipe it thoroughly before washing or hosing the area. Throw the rags you wiped the coolant with, but make sure to put them in a sealed plastic bag first.