I have a 2001 Chevy Caviler with 2200 engine.
The car is overheating, so I would like to try and replace the thermostat.
Unlike my 69 Buick electra, parts are hidden under everything else.
I think the thermostat is on the passenger side of the engine, near the belts,
and can be found by following the metal tube from radiator on the driver side around to the passeneger side. The pipe does not enter from the top of the engine.
can anyone tell me if I am correct on the location of the thermostat, and
what I need to remove to replace it? (First time working on this car)
First off I'd like to ask you if you're sure your car is over-heating and
not just the temperature change occuring? Lots of people think their car is
over-heating when the weather starts to get warmer when it's not.
To find it generally follow the upper rad hose to a small housing, just unbolt that housing and it will be in there. If you're sure, remove the rad hose and look inside the housing and see if there's a thermostat, this will save you from ruining your gasket if you chose the wrong housing.
The car def. overheats. (Need to fill using overflow radiator tank)
Where it looks like the upper radiator hose (connects to metal hose then into engine) is not in a location easy to access. That is why I need to find out if that is the correct location of the thermostat]
Well, that's most likely it, well almost certainly. Just take off the rad hose and look inside the housing. Shouldn't be that hard to get at.