Sunday, November 21, 2010

2005 Chevrolet Cavalier / Thermostat change

I have a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier that needs a new thermostat. I can't believe where it is located. You need to remove the exhaust system in order to access the thermostat. Has anyone else dealt with this headache? The dealer wants a minimum of 4 hrs in their GM shop and a hefty $250 or better to replace this damn little $8 part. Should I attempt this on my own? Has anyone else done one of these? If so, how? Are there any short-cuts other than removing the exhaust system?2005 Chevrolet Cavalier / Thermostat change
Your thermostat is beneath the exhaust manifold which must be removed in order to access it. The job takes approx. 2.2 hours and it would be a good idea to drain the coolant before starting. However, on an 05 Cavalier you shouldn't be replacing The thermostat this soon. If its overheating, be sure that the cooling fans are kicking on whenever the temperature gets high. This would sound like a more reasonable issue.

Best of luck.

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