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How to install a thermostat on a 1996 dodge ram 1500 5.2 engine.

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how to install a thermostat on a 1996 dodge ram 1500 5.2 engine. iknow were it is but how do you get to it
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Eric replied 6 years ago.

here are directions on how to replace the thermostat:

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the thermostat installation-V6 and V8 engines

1. Drain coolant

  1. For 1994-96 models equipped with air conditioning:
    1. Remove the support bracket (rod) located near the rear of the alternator.
    2. Remove the drive belt.
    3. Partially remove the alternator by removing the necessary alternator bolts. If equipped with 4WD, unplug the 4WD indicator lamp harness (at the rear of the unit).
    4. Remove the alternator. Position it to gain access for thermostat removal.

3. Remove the upper radiator hose from the thermostat housing. Note the positioning of the thermostat. It is important that the thermostat is correctly installed.
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