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#1 Old 10-27-2011, 05:56 PM
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Thumbs up 2005 Thermostat Replacement DIY.

Hey gents and ladies.
I think I found the reason why my MO was having temp fluctuations. Its got to be the thermostat cause when the car is in traffic jams here in Dubai I go above the 50% on the gauge. For MOs in this region that's too hot.

Got the parts today:
Thermostat
Gasket
Ratchet
10mm box
12mm box
Got Philips and flat head screwdriver already.
Of course a can of 30% Nissan Genuine pre-mix coolant.

The problem:
The thermostat assembly seems impossible to get to. Any ideas would be great. If I fail I've a mechanic as backup on Saturday! But I hope finish it before that.

Thanks!
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Here you go... seems pretty simple. Got to remove the radiator overflow container. Pictures taken from 2004 MO Service Manual.
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I'm doing it as I post this from my cell phone.

The thermostat was okay. Anyways, since I got it opened might as well replace it. Turns out the radiator was clogged up. Cleaning it now. The job took a little over an hour so far but still waiting on the radiator to be cleaned. Then I put it all back together. Got tonnes of pics so a write up will follow when I get home. Praying that this fixes my heating issue.


Warhammer: thanks for the pics it I already got the pos service manual. Those directions are so incomplete. But I appreciate your help. Thanks again.
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Cool The DIY.

This is a two hour project, including the radiator servicing, which was done by a radiator workshop.

I am trying my best to explain the procedure with pictures, but this is my first write-up, so I am not sure how good it turns out. (Actually second write up, because the first time I wrote this something happened to internet exploder and it all disappeared just when I was on the last paragraph!)

The parts you’ll require:
Thermostat:
Gasket:
Ratchet
10mm box
12mm box
Got Pliers, Philips and flat head screwdriver already. Two Ton jack.
Of course a can of 30% Nissan Genuine pre-mix coolant.
Optional:
Radiator Mounts:

Let’s start…
1. Drain the coolant from the radiator.
2. Remove right side front panel above the grille.
3. Remove the coolant reservoir tank and the hose connecting it to the radiator. Keep the tank aside. There are two screws securing this to the body.

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4. Remove the screw that is neat the washer fluid tank, the one that secures the fuse box.
5. Now you can move the fuse box enough to get your hand in there to remove the thermostat.

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6. Next unplug the two hoses that go into the thermostat. Just remove the clips and the hoses come off.
7. Now the scary bit. Remove the two screws holding the engine mount in place on that side. Jack the engine after the bolts are off and lift it up a couple inches, enough to get your hands to the thermostat screws.
8. There are three 12mm screws there. Two are easy, the third is below. You will have to loosen the belt tensioner all the way down. See pics.

I MARKED THE TOP TWO SCREWS OF THE THERMOSTAT ASSEMBLY WRONG IN THE THIRD PICTURE. THE ACTUAL TWO SCREWS ARE NOT VISIBLE. PLESAE DO NOT UNSCREW THE ONES I MARKED! The third is fine.


SORRY FOT THIS CONFUSION!


9. Remove the thermostat.
10. Inspect and change if needed.

11. Install is reverse of the removal.
12. Fill coolant. I put in 5 liters.
13. Drive about 10-20 miles. Return home, relax… Take a break, have a Kit Kat.
14. Check coolant when engine is cooled down and refill if necessary.

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Nice job!

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Was it necessary to remove the motor mount? Service manual did not seem to mention any need for it.
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All the service manual said was to remove the reservoir tank. But that did not even create enough room to insert a screwdriver vertically. Let alone someone's hand. This thing is mounted horizontal next to the body. Could not access the thermostat from under the car either.

Yeah maybe the mount was not required to be removed but with my limited tools I had to do it.

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I think a "STICKY" under the 1st Gen (2003-2007) section for this 2005 Thermostat Replacement DIY is in order. Don't you agree ?
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Great writeup!

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Great write-up...however...the pictures were loaded up via ImageShack. If the website disappears or the pictures expire then it's bye bye write-up. Any way we can resolve this? I suggest loading these pictures directly to the NissanMurano website then making it a sticky.

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Can I email the pics to someone here who can upload them to forum servers or whatever is secure enough?
My email is heliman.faisal@gmail.com
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No problem. We can take care of it from this end. In the future, you can simply upload the photos to your Photo Gallery on this forum and then link it to the thread.

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I'm doing this right now, too bad the pictures are gone.
I'll try and snap some photos to make this DYI be even better.
So far, I got the thermostat out without loosening engine mount and jacking the engine.
I'm not sure I can get my fingers in to fit the thermostat again though, so might have to bite the bullet.
I removed the fuse box from the plastic bucket as well as the metal bracket that holds it down. That's necessary to even start to think about getting the thermostat out...
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