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Changing Thermostat on AMK, driving me insane!!!

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by beanoir, Aug 18, 2011.

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    Guys,

    I'm at the end of my tether trying to access the bottom bolt on the t'stat housing, how on earth are you supposed to do it?

    Any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated before I throw my toys out of the pram!!

    Cheers!
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    A small 1/4" ratchet was my saviour. Without that it's pretty hard.
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    So so easy. Where in the country are you?
    Undo the battery negative terminal, remove the main wire going to the alternator, get a knuckle joints on a 1/4 ratchet and it's 15, 20 minutes work...
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    i used a universal joint on my wee 1/4" ratchet as well. its a pain to get to but it is possible
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    I didn't remove the alternator wire. Possible without doing that...
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    you moved the alternator?
    move it and its accessible
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    Guys thank you for the assistance. 1/4" set was the deal clincher, managed to do it, so it's now all done. Took her for a spin for 30 mins and she heats up right bang on 90C and the mpg should be a bit better now too.

    Thanks again!! :)
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    I need to do the stat on the track car too, but I've been putting it off for weeks!

    Since i realised I needed to do the stat, I've done the following:

    Fitted 12 point roll cage
    Fitted new seats
    refitted gearbox and clutch
    changed driveshafts
    Painted interior and roll cage


    But I'm still putting off changing the stat, because it's a hateful job!
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    it is a right fiddly job, but I reckon it wouldn't be so bad a second time around...not that i'm hoping to have to do it anytime soon!!
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    Probably a bit easier with the inlet off which, in itself, isn't too bad.
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