Where is the thermostat in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 3.8L V6

Asked by May 22, 2014 at 02:47 PM about the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix 2 Dr GTP Supercharged Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I need to Locate the Thermostat on my 1999 Grand Prix, It is over heating suddenly & I was wondering if I could start with a possibly a cheaper fix than  taking it in for diagnostics & a new water pump, which is something I couldn't do myself.
Out of the blue on the 1st 80 degree day my car over heated and died after a 40-45 min. ride with an abnormal amount of idling due to wonderful construction. I have driven it to & from work twice since then, a 20-30 min. ride. It did not  die but it was quite over heated by the time I got home.

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Assuming you have checked the coolant level and found it to be OK, the thermostat is a good thing to check in your diagnostic process. When they fail, they either let coolant flow without restriction (engine will be slow to warm up) or the stay shut and prevent coolant from getting to the radiator to be cooled down (your overheating symptom). I do not know the specifics of your car, but thermostats are typically mounted in a housing that is bolted to the front, top side of your engine block and has the hose to the radiator coming off of it. When the engine is cool, unbolt the housing and swap the radiator that sits in the cavity inside it. It is directional, so install it in the right direction. Ask the person at your parts store if you are unsure.

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