TangoDaz

Mk6.5 thermostat housing

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Hi all

Has anyone had to change their thermostat housing on their mk6 face lift fiesta can you get to from the top of the engine?

 

 

Thanks in advance  

 

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There's a video on YouTube. I've done my 1.6. You have to remove the alternator and I found some of the 4 bolts easier to get at from underneath. It's a PITA job for something that should be simple plus I was petrified the tiny bolts might snap off leaving me with a huge problem. When you refit, use some high temp rtv sealant around the edges to prevent future leaks; don't just rely on the gasket/o-rings.

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Thanks Andy

 

I have seen the video and thought it was a bit over the top. Did you loosen the belt tensioner if so how?

 

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10 minutes ago, TangoDaz said:

Thanks Andy

 

I have seen the video and thought it was a bit over the top. Did you loosen the belt tensioner if so how?

 

Sorry, missed your last reply.  Shame it's not a diesel as the petrol ones (apart from ST) are a pain to do unfortunately!  Access is so tight which is why you need to remove the alternator etc.

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There is no belt tensioner; they are stretch-on belts. But if you take out the alternator bolts and swing the alternator back, an older belt will come off ok.

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Thanks mate 

is it hard to refit the belt and alternator?

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It wasn't with an old belt. It was difficult to get a new belt on. There are some special tools that help to stretch the belt over:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stretch-Fit-Belt-Remover-and-Installer-Set-Removal-Installation-Tool-Garage-New/352777277304?epid=23023287386&hash=item52232a0f78:g:aWAAAOSwvxldb28v

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