Kia Sportage 1998-02

Removal & Installation

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CAUTION
Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. Serious burns could occur from high-pressure engine coolant escaping from the radiator.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the radiator cap.
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  5. Raise the vehicle and remove the under cover.
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  7. At the lower left of the radiator, loosen the drain cock and drain the cooling system.
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  9. Lower the vehicle.
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  11. Remove the two retaining nuts from the thermostat housing and remove the thermostat.
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To install:

  1. Thoroughly clean the thermostat housing and mating surface. Make certain to remove all gasket material.
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  3. Position the thermostat on the engine with the jiggle pin at the top.
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  5. Install a new gasket onto the housing and install the housing.
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  7. Secure the housing with the retaining nuts and tighten to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  9. Raise the vehicle and tighten the drain cock.
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  11. Install the undercover.
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  13. Lower the vehicle and refill the cooling system.
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  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  17. Run the engine until hot and verify proper cooling system operation.

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    Fig. Exploded view of thermostat and related components

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