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Ford Ranger thermostat nightmare

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Dec 29, 2010, 2:57 PM

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Please help me!!! I am trying to change the thermostat on my 93 Ford Ranger (the 4 cyl.) and I can see the 2 bolts on the thermostat housing but cannot get to them for the life of me. The one on the right side as you are looking at it is wedged between the timing belt cover and the tube that connects to the upper radiator hose. There is literally no room to get a socket in there.

I have done everything according to the Haynes manual and I am totally lost and frustrated with this. Has anyone dealt with this make/model/year changing the thermo?

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Dec 29, 2010, 9:41 PM

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Re: Ford Ranger thermostat nightmare Sign In

Most DIY types use the socket sets sold by the big box stores . Nothing wrong with that except that they tend to have thick walls. You need a thinwall 12 point socket to slip into that tight space . You may be able to find one at sears . If im wrong about your sockets I apoligize


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Dec 30, 2010, 9:58 AM

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thanks...I will try that!

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Dec 30, 2010, 8:22 PM

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RT is correct about the sockets.....

When you're putting it back together, if you put some soft paper over the bolt and wedge it into the socket, this will keep the bolt from falling out of the socket and make it easier to start. Just make sure you start it by hand and are triple sure it isn't crossthreaded before you put a ratchet on it or use air....

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