Thermostat Location in an Intrepid 2.7

by Zyon Silket

The thermostat in the 2000 Dodge Intrepid equipped with a 2.7-liter engine is operated by a wax pellet chamber. This differs from the usual mercury valve used for most thermostats. Although the method for measuring engine temperature differs, the process of cooling the engine is the same, so when the thermostat stops working, you must replace it before the engine suffers severe damage.

Drive the Dodge Intrepid onto a set of front-lifting ramps. Secure the parking brake.

Locate the lower radiator hose. Follow the hose from the lower radiator to where the hose connects to a fitting called the "water inlet housing," which bolts to the water pump.

Remove the hose and the water inlet housing to expose the thermostat as it rests inside the water inlet housing.


  • check You must drain the fluid from the radiator before removing the water inlet housing and hose from the Intrepid. When doing so, make sure the engine is cool to avoid burning yourself.

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About the Author

Since 2006 Zyon Silket has been writing for companies such as SEOWhat, L&C Freelancing and T-Mobile Wireless. He has extensive experience working in supervisory roles within the wireless and Internet technologies fields. Silket is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in business management and network technologies at Lehigh Carbon Community College.