Dodge Stratus 2000 - Replacing the Thermostat.

dgplugge
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Asked by dgplugge Nov 18, 2013 at 05:32 PM about the 2000 Dodge Stratus SE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

From what I am reading online, it looks like the Thermostat is located just below the
cap in the metal housing.  I wanted confirmation before I disassemble the mounts.

Additionally, if I want to flush the radiator, it looks to be a bear to reach the stop cock
on the front lower radiator.  Is there any trick to draining this radiator?

Thanks,
dgp

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judge_roy
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoHtaxzkAQc

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judge_roy
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if you cannot get to the drain cock, pull of the lower hose...have a catch basin handy~

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judge_roy
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been lookin' for a video for the Stratus...Neon is different..yes, I know~

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dgplugge
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Judge Roy, Thanks. That Youtube video was the first one I pulled up, which led me to believe the unit was right under the cap. I'm thinking that I haven't located the Thermostat. I thought it was the item I'm showing in the photo. However, online searches show a black plastic housing with 3 hose connections. Any thoughts?

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judge_roy
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yes yes yes...under that flange....think of the coolant flow...where do you want it stopped to increase the engine temp....should be obvious~

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dgplugge
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Thanks for the coaching. It even looks to match the diagram I found.

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dgplugge
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What's confusing me in the diagram, I don't see where the part 39 bolts into the housing. The Thermostat fits in between, I believe. Are you saying that I simply remove the two bolts on the flange. It looks like the Thermostat should be sideways, not up and down. Like you said, where you'd like to stop the flow.

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judge_roy
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that's it....what's it called "Achem's razor" or some such shit....the most obvious is the correct solution~

judge_roy
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yes...part number forty....weirdos~

judge_roy
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....for the two and a half liter model...2.4 and 2.0 use part 24~

judge_roy
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Thanks for stickin' with me....everyday I learn something new about cars...recently discovered the The Chrysler 300 has NO timing chain but camshaft geared to the main crank (like a Volkswagen)~

dgplugge
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I found this link which reconfirms exactly what you were saying. Thanks. http://www.justanswer.com/chrysler/4t91b-chrysler-cirrus-lxi-replace- thermostat-1998.html

dgplugge
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I have the Thermostat off and it appears to be functioning properly. I have a new Thermostat, however now I'm not sure it is the problem. I started the engine with the Thermostat cover off and I could see the water cycling properly in the engine. I also flushed out the radiator and the engine's water compartment. So, I'm going to put it back together with the new Thermostat. We will see how it goes. I did notice that the radiator fan wasn't spinning. Perhaps it needs heat before it kicks in.

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