How do I change the thermostat

Asked by Nov 11, 2007 at 03:11 PM about the 2004 Chevrolet Impala

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

3 Answers


Need to follow the upper radiator hose back to where it enters the engine block. There should be a housing there with 2-3 bolts which you can remove to access and replace the thermostat. You may have to remove other engine components to access it.

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depends on what motor you have in the vehicle. If it has the 3.4L V-6 , it is fairly labor intensive to change it. Sometimes it is easier to remove the exhaust crossover pipe to make easier access to the thermostat housing and bolts ( drivers side of engine between the cylinder heads )

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On the 2010 3.5L V6 transverse mounted engine the thermostat is not on the top, but at the lower radiator hose on the passenger side of the engine. You'll need a deep 10mm socket, two bolts. One word of caution, make sure the rubber gasket is of good quality. I bought a Murray thermostat and it had a cheap rubber seal that did not seal up, tried twice. Had to buy a seal from NAPA which was much thicker and more like the original.

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