How to Replace a 2002 Ford Escape Thermostat – If the 2002 Ford Escape starts overheating, the thermostat is likely to blame. When the thermostat is stuck in the cooling system, may cause frequent overheating despite normal levels of cooling condition. You can buy a replacement thermostat in a auto parts store and replace in the garage or driveway for far less than a repair center would charge.
Things You’ll Need
Large drain pan
50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water
- Remove the radiator cap. Place a large drain pan under the passenger side of the radiator in the front of the Escape. Open drain plug at the bottom of the radiator with a wrench. Drain coolant so that it is below the upper radiator hose. Tighten the radiator drain plug.
- Trace upper radiator hose to the hose connection five positions. Remove the screws securing the connector with a wrench. Remove the thermostat housing connector. Pull the O-ring and thermostat housing.
- Insert the new thermostat in the box and the position of the O-ring. Connecting the connector box five positions. Seal the connector with screws. Tighten bolts with a wrench.
- Add a 50-50 mix of coolant and water to the radiator until the level is full. Replace the radiator cap. Start the engine and see the hose connections for leaks. Tighten the hose, if necessary.