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Thermostat direction?

Discussion in 'Under the Hood' started by GA1990, May 13, 2003.

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    1. GA1990

      GA1990 Member

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      Ok, I know this sounds absolutely retarded, but which direction does the thermostat go in, spring out or in? The reason I ask, is i've been having this problem, that started a long time ago when i changed the thermostat. the car gets to normal temp, and then warms us really fast for about 3 seconds until the thermostat opens, then you can watch the gauge drop and the engine will even rev a little higher at idle, when it opens. So I was thinking, maybe in some act of stupidity I ended up flipping it around, I really didn't think so, but you never know. It's a 94 by the way.
       
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      The spring thing goes to the engine block. You want the wax pellet in the engine circulation. I've never seen one that didn't have a "TO RADIATOR" or arrow on it. I buy the cheap ones and always dril a little 1/16 hole in the flange section. For some reason the cheap ones last longer than Ford's.
       

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