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#1 Old 06-19-2010, 05:45 PM
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Can someone please give me a detailed description of where to locate the thermostat in my 2002 XG350L? (For the record, I haven't even tried to find it yet.)

She is okay while I am driving (guage not to the halfway mark) but when I stop the gauge slowly creeps to the red. This is what is making me think it is the thermostat. My fan comes on and I have put 50/50 antifreeze in. Maybe I need to put some water in too.

I am not a mechanic. I am a woman with a moderate knowledge about my car. I am on a tight budget and even if I weren't I have had several nightmare problems with shops in my area so I am nervous about going somewhere to risk damage to my car. (I don't know many people here and I haven't gotten good referrals from those I do know.) I have learned everything I know from helping my old mechanic (who moved out of state) with working on my car and askin questions. I learned how to change my own alternator and belts on 3 different cars so although this is considered an easy task to many, it leads me to I think I have the capacity to learn how to deal with this problem.

Do you experts think it is easy to access and change on my own?

Do you think I have a different problem?


Ms. Jade and I appreciate all responses.


Side note: I really am grateful I found this forum. Every time I read it I learn something valuable. It puts the owner's manual to shame.
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Follow the lower radiator hose to the fitting on back center of engine...

The hose from upper radiator to housing on top of the cross over is not the one you are looking for.

Thermostat in Hyundai/Kia box comes with the o-rig (gasket) already on the thermostat..

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Follow the lower radiator hose to the fitting on back center of engine...

The hose from upper radiator to housing on top of the cross over is not the one you are looking for.

Thermostat in Hyundai/Kia box comes with the o-rig (gasket) already on the thermostat..

Thank you so much I will go out in a few to see if I find it. I will let you know. It is blazing hot here today so I wanted to wait for the temp to go down a little.

I am thinkin I am going to buy it from my favorite auto parts store. I will call ahead to see it the gasket comes with it. If not, I will purchase one. Thanks again.
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Thank you so much I will go out in a few to see if I find it. I will let you know. It is blazing hot here today so I wanted to wait for the temp to go down a little.


I found the "housing" for thermostat. It looks like there are more bolts than what is shown in the diagram I found. The two smaller bolts look like they are on a bracket of some kind and like they have to be taken out to get to the larger two on top of the "housing".

If those two smaller bolts have to be taken out ... this sucks for me.

I have the right size sockets for the bolts but the wrench I have won't fit in the tiny spaces I have to work with to get to the bolts.


Stress. Now that I know I could have done this on my own with the right tools I am pretty upset that I am going to have to pay someone instead.

Having an XG really is a love/hate thing. They put all kinds of unneccessary dumb crap into the design so you practically have to take the car completely apart to get to stuff! I know ..I know
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I DID IT!!! I am so tired I can't even go into detail to tell you the hard time I had. I got the thermostat of and on with no problem. BUUUTTT then, I dropped a bolt, then I dropped my 10mm behind the darn fuse box and it slide under the air filter thingy ...Let's just say the whole episode took me 5 hours and when I was finish in an hour and 30 min! It was an experience but Ms. Jade should feel better I am happy and proud-a me.

I really learn a lot from reading this site so thanks to everyone who posts. Gnite, folks.


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Congratulations!!! And I know how you feel about the dropped bolts - sometimes a magnet can help. I have a magnet taped to a piece of TV cable about 2 feet long. It's flexible enough to get into the crevices, but stiff enough to be pushed along. Oh yeah, and taped securely enough to bring the magnet back out each time.
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Congratulations!!! And I know how you feel about the dropped bolts - sometimes a magnet can help. I have a magnet taped to a piece of TV cable about 2 feet long. It's flexible enough to get into the crevices, but stiff enough to be pushed along. Oh yeah, and taped securely enough to bring the magnet back out each time.
Thank you

I do have a magnet pen. I bought one a while back when I dropped something down in that hole that is covered by a plate in the cupholder..you known where I am talking about? Right behind the gear shift? Yeah, well I was cleaning the cupholder and dropped the plate down in the hole. I never went to the junk yard to see if I can snag another one and I dropped one of my favorite earrings in there! lol.. needless to say...the magic of the magnet pen was discovered and added to my LadyMan box (toolbox)

I need to make that trip to the junkyard but I rarely find a yard with a XG that isn't striped to the frame already. I guess I will make a new post for suggestions on where to get one.
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