'97 5.7 Thermostat

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by kjb13, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. kjb13

    kjb13 Member

    My thermostat is stuck open, I think. The temp is running about 150 to 160 and my mileage dropped. The thermostat bolts are both REALLY tight. Any hints on how to loosen them without damaging anything in the process???
     
  2. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    For fasteners like the tstat bolts, I like to shock them without over torquing them. One of my favorite tools for this is the impact driver. The vibration and the incremental torque tends to get most screws, nuts, and bolts loose. If you have to replace the bolts, avoid dissimilar metals, and chase the threads in the block.
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  3. kjb13

    kjb13 Member

    I completely forgot about an impact driver. Good suggestion.
    Thanks.
     
  4. Jimmiee

    Jimmiee Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    If you don't have an impact driver take a large punch and hammer and strike the bolt several times square in the center of the bolt. This will loosen it up for you.
     
  5. Loggerhead Mike

    Loggerhead Mike Rockstar 100 Posts

    carefull with it, t-stat bolts on the 350's are common to break off

    i let them sit in penetration fluid for a few minutes before wrenching them off
     
  6. kjb13

    kjb13 Member

    Appreciate the helpful hints. Thanks and have a great day.
     

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