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97 Ram 1500 Accessing the thermostat

05-08-2010, 11:22 AM
5.2L V8

Engine runs hot after a minutes. Temp gauge nearly pegs.
Flushed out radiator and block but problem persist. I can see the antifreeze moving through the radiator so I guess the water pump is still working.

I folllow the top radiator hose to the top of the engine where the thermostat is located but it appears to be difficult to get to it.
AC compressor and alternator are right there. Perhaps just removing the air filter is enough? Anyone been there and done that?
Looking for the pdf download on the service manual.
Thanks for any guidance.

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