How to Change the Thermostat on a 2000 Chrysler Concordeby Lisa Wampler
Keeping up with routine maintenance is important if you want to keep your 2000 Chrysler Concorde working properly. Although your ride might be starting to get a few miles on it, there is no need for things to feel less luxurious. Don't forget how important the cooling system is. The cooling system is your Concorde's lifeblood; and if the thermostat has been ignored since the car was new, it could fail, causing your Chrysler cruiser to suddenly become tomorrow's junkyard special.
Remove the top radiator hose from the thermostat cover by removing the band clamp that holds it onto the cover. Slide the clamp down the hose, then pull the hose off the cover.
Remove the 10mm bolts that hold the thermostat cover on the intake of the Concorde and pull the thermostat cover off the engine. Inspect the cover for any cracks around the housing and around the bolt hole tabs. If you notice any cracks, a new cover should be used.
Pull the old thermostat out of the intake manifold and install the new thermostat into the intake. The lip that the thermostat sits on will be below the level of the radiator fluid. The thermostat must be placed in properly to ensure it works correctly.
Pull the old thermostat gasket off the intake manifold and wipe down the surface with a towel to ensure it's clean before moving on. Place the new thermostat gasket into place. Make sure the hole on each side of the gasket lines up with the bolt holes for the thermostat cover.
Place the thermostat cover back onto the intake manifold and bolt it into place.
Slide the radiator hose back onto the thermostat cover and clamp it into place.
Items you will need
- radiator humor image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.com