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2008 VW Touareg VE FSI P2181 Coolant system performance

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2008 VW Touareg VE FSI P2181 Coolant system performance code. Engine Temperature gauges do not respond quickly. Engine is not overheating. I can clear code and it comes back in a few days. Thermostat? If so, is t hard replace by yourself?
JA: Have you checked the coolant? Have you checked for a leak in the cooling system?
Customer: V8 VSI V8 FSI
JA: Are you fixing your Touareg yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Just started troubleshooting.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Exact location of t-stat?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Tim Mohr replied 4 months ago.

Hi, my name is ***** ***** htermostat is located under the thermostat housing, follow the upper radiator hose to the engine, and it leads to the housing, remove the hose from the housing, then remove the 4 bolts holding the housing to the engine, then the housing comes off and the thermo comes straight out, would you you like a picture of the housing?