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Old 16 Oct 2012, 09:44 pm
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I am replacing my thermostat and house bought a dorman houseing is there a torque setting to tighten that in place or is hand tight fine. I have a leaking problem and cant get it to stop leaking. The thermostat is in place like it should be. Could I have gotten a bad housing?
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Old 16 Oct 2012, 09:54 pm
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I am replacing my thermostat and house bought a dorman houseing is there a torque setting to tighten that in place or is hand tight fine. I have a leaking problem and cant get it to stop leaking. The thermostat is in place like it should be. Could I have gotten a bad housing?
Anything is possible. Was the surface of the metal housing smooth? Is it possible you have cracked the new housing. Also I have heard of some housings with a pin hole. Also saw a post by Uptown about the base being warped. I have no personal experiences there.
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Old 16 Oct 2012, 10:03 pm
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Use some fine grit sand paper to make sure the surfaces are clean. Use a torque wrench if your not sure or use a quater drive socket set if your ham fisted.

And rent or buy a coolent system pressure tester! The leak might be coming from someplace else?
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 05:39 am
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YES, there are specific torque settings when tightening down the thermostat housing. Definitely more than hand tightening. According to the Haynes manual:

Thermostat housing cover-to-housing bolts 110 in-lbs, 12.5 Nm
Thermostat housing-to-cylinder head bolts 20 Ft-lbs, 27 Nm
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 07:37 am
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i used a little permatex ultra black on mine.
never hurts.
never leaks either (:

also just fyi. i didn't remove the upper intake when i did mine. i don't understand why people tell people to do that. must be a chiltons thing.
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 01:18 pm
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Thank you all for all the help. To update you it was the thermostat housing that I just bought from auto zone I thought it would be ok to use that part cause it was a dorman part and generally I have herd good things about those parts. But I guess when they were making it a flaw developed and caused a 1-2 hour job take 4-5 hours. This is the second bad part I have bought from auto zone, need me to say I will only buy parts from the dealer?
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Old 17 Oct 2012, 01:45 pm
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What did you determine to be the flaw with the part?
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