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changing GTV V6 thermostat

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i'm replacing the thermostat on my GTV. Got it sat here, just waiting for my antifreeze to be delivered *** the last lot got lost in the post!!

Anyways, I was having a nosey under the bonnet yesterday to have a look at the thermostats location etc & noticed there's a black box sat over it with some elec connections inside. I can't see for the life in me how the hell you remove this box so i can get to the 3rd thermostat bolt!!

I've also got a workshop manual on cd, doesn't really say a great deal on there about it!!

any hints/advice welcome!!


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Do you know what the box is??

If you are referring to the airbox piping and resonator from the throttle body, this is simply a case of removing the hose clips the pulling the pipework off.

I did the g/f's the other week and as far as I can remember was very straight forward - just don't drop any bolts down into any holes - all I removed was the airbox piping.

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I don't think you need to remove anything on a GTV to get to the thermostat. I didn't on my car, there is enough space along side of the intake hose to remove the stat without disconnecting any of it.

Are you sure you are actually looking at the right bit actionman?

Here is a picture of where it is.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Thermostat.jpg
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Hi,
I think Symon may have a Ph1? On the the Ph2 there is a box obscuring the 3rd bolt, if you move the cables within the box to one side (I didn't dare split the connector!) you can get at the bolt underneath, remove this (Allen head I think) and you can move the box enough to get at the thermostat bolt. Don't drop anything!!
Hope it goes well, it makes a hell of a difference for a small amount of money / effort.

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Originally Posted by MURPHSDAD View Post
Hi,
I think Symon may have a Ph1? On the the Ph2 there is a box obscuring the 3rd bolt, if you move the cables within the box to one side (I didn't dare split the connector!) you can get at the bolt underneath, remove this (Allen head I think) and you can move the box enough to get at the thermostat bolt. Don't drop anything!!
Hope it goes well, it makes a hell of a difference for a small amount of money / effort.

Jeff
Nope that picture is from a Phase 2 that was only 2 weeks old.

Even if you do need to remove the intake hose it is only a couple of clips, so its not the end of the world.
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You can see the box here:

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The box he's referring to is in the bottom right of this photo http://www.alfaworkshop.co.uk/images/72-5-800.jpg just below the breather.

As said above remove the cables from it gently and there is a bolt at the bottom of the box
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PistonHeads.com
That would explain it. That car is a CF3
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Originally Posted by symon View Post
I don't think you need to remove anything on a GTV to get to the thermostat. I didn't on my car, there is enough space along side of the intake hose to remove the stat without disconnecting any of it.

Are you sure you are actually looking at the right bit actionman?

Here is a picture of where it is.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...Thermostat.jpg
As i have the new thermostat here i'm pretty i sure know what i'm looking for!! lol!!
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My engine looks the same as the engine in the links the MURPHSDAD & rmaxeman posted
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Originally Posted by actionman View Post
As i have the new thermostat here i'm pretty i sure know what i'm looking for!! lol!!
Ahh I see.. I wasn't trying to tell you how to suck eggs.
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Just ordered a new stat today for Shop4parts.New stat & gasket £25 to my door,not bad Only getting it as the temperature drops to 60 degrees while driving, a bit low dont you think?
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Originally Posted by GTVLee View Post
Just ordered a new stat today for Shop4parts.New stat & gasket £25 to my door,not bad Only getting it as the temperature drops to 60 degrees while driving, a bit low dont you think?
The gauge does tend to read a bit low on these, mine reads 70ºC in general driving where as my fan comes on at just over 80ºC (On the gauge).

I hooked the car up to Unidiag and the actual coolant temp is around 10ºC higher than the gauge is reading.

60ºC does sound too low however.
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Originally Posted by GTVLee View Post
Just ordered a new stat today for Shop4parts.New stat & gasket £25 to my door,not bad Only getting it as the temperature drops to 60 degrees while driving, a bit low dont you think?
yep, same here!!
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Ordered one myself after reading this. My car doesnt get up to temp at all unless I'm in heavy traffic.
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Job done today!! That little black box thing was a bit on the fiddly side to shift out of the way to get to the 3rd thermostat bolt!!

I also decided not to undo the plugs inside it!! would've been much easier if i had undone them though but didn't want to upset anything!! lol

Gave the rad a right good flush out with the hosepipe. TBH looking at the coolant & lack of crappy bits in the drained fluid it looks like it was changed not that long ago!! anyways, doesn't matter, now got new theromstat & a system full of Comma Xstream longlife red antifreeze

Next job on the list is gearbox oil!! Got some Fuchs Titan Sintopoid 75w90 sat here waiting to go in!!
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Whats with the hose clips, they arn't like jubilee clips. How do they work? Sorry if its just me being thick.
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They're a bit fiddly!! not sure how to put into to words how to remove them!! I just used a flat bladed screw driver under the raised section to unclip it, then to refit it i just used a pair of pliers to pich them together!!
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Changed the thermostat this weekend, went like a dream thanks to all the help on this thread. Moving all the wires in that black box is scarey, I was sure something wouldnt work afterwards but all is well.

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