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Thermostat Housing Replacement on 4.0 liter Ford Explorer Sport Trac

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In this video I describe and show you how to replace a thermostat housing on a 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with the 4.0 liter overhead cam engine. These thermostat housings commonly fail on these engines and cause a coolant leak. They are a little tricky to replace on these Sport Tracs due to the design of the intake manifold. Some mechanics will loosen or remove the intake but in this video I will show you that the job can be performed without removing the intake. Help Support Our Channel by Supporting Yourself with Suggested Items below. We are an affiliate for Amazon and eBay. Purchasing items though our links will not cost you any more but will help support our channel so we can continue to bring you educational and helpful videos. Each item we recommend will have an Amazon link and an Ebay link as well depending on your shopping preference. Thank you in advance! BOOKS I RECOMMEND: Amazon/Ebay(below) The Total Money Makeover: https://amzn.to/2tO6eZr https://ebay.to/2Qc32zP Rich Dad / Poor Dad: https://amzn.to/2z3PEtN https://ebay.to/2N2XmpN The Millionaire Next Door: https://amzn.to/2tNTpyw https://ebay.to/2NKchdw The Millionaire Mind: https://amzn.to/2KtoS3e https://ebay.to/2R1y9Px The Bible: https://amzn.to/2IjiyqV https://ebay.to/2QbgMe2 The U.S. Constitution: https://amzn.to/2OdwLLq https://ebay.to/2zwZuCJ TOOLS EVERYONE SHOULD OWN: Amazon/Ebay(below) Claw Hammer 16oz: https://amzn.to/2tOBYh9 https://ebay.to/2QaKOi5 Tape Measure 25ft: https://amzn.to/2KsTIZW https://ebay.to/2Ok9pDE Level 4ft: https://amzn.to/2KBOjyV https://ebay.to/2Odi9LW Tool Set https://amzn.to/2KudmVz https://ebay.to/2y11v8n Square: https://amzn.to/2lTeTWt https://ebay.to/2QcxbyY Cordless Drill: https://amzn.to/2KJtGRD https://ebay.to/2QYMqwt Circular Saw: https://amzn.to/2KBYnbc https://ebay.to/2Dvquqk OBD2 Scanner https://amzn.to/2xR7I6I https://ebay.to/2DJLOZl PREPPING & SURVIVAL: Amazon /Ebay(below) Water Storage: https://amzn.to/2DvsbEc https://ebay.to/2zwyKSS Water Purification: https://amzn.to/2DxzZoJ https://ebay.to/2OhykYs Food Mylar Bags: https://amzn.to/2Dzjitj https://ebay.to/2zxkJV3 Food Safe Bucket: https://amzn.to/2DzjDw5 https://ebay.to/2xGANCy First Aid Kit: https://amzn.to/2zwYTB7 https://ebay.to/2zwaEHO Fire Starter: https://amzn.to/2zw7S5e https://ebay.to/2QYwZ7L Hatchet: https://amzn.to/2OilJnW https://ebay.to/2QbnDUD Flashlight: https://amzn.to/2OcQTx1 https://ebay.to/2NKHvkQ Knife: https://amzn.to/2OkkBAw https://ebay.to/2NGOKKB Support us on Patreon at: http://www.patreon.com/minthillbilly for as little as $1 per month CONTACT ME: Email: minthillbillymail@aol.com Disclaimer: Due to factors beyond the control of MintHillBilly, he cannot guarantee against unauthorized modifications of this information or improper use of this information. Due to factors beyond the control of MintHillBilly, no information contained in this video shall create any express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. MintHillBilly assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. MintHillBilly recommends safe practices when working with power tools, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video. Any injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment or the information contained in this video is the sole responsibility of the user and not MintHillBilly.
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D M (9 дней назад)
it was good video
customcruiserroy (2 месяца назад)
Great video!  Question:  The car threw up a code for thermostat housing valve (sensor).  Is that one on housing itself or is the sensor somewhere else?  Thanks!!
Your Hair Your Way245 (3 месяца назад)
Approximately how long does this process take?
Antonio Cisneros (3 месяца назад)
Great video and you just saved me a lot of time thank you.
Bruce Townsend (8 месяцев назад)
Great Video. The 8MM Swivel socket was the trick!!! THANK YOU for this Video!!!!! Did you put an sealant under it? Is that why you waited a day?
Michael Drake (8 месяцев назад)
How have I never thought about that pulley! Thank you sir, you made my life a little easier today
minthillbilly (8 месяцев назад)
Glad I could help sir! Have a good day.
Brent Rolfson (9 месяцев назад)
Hey Billy you using any sort of rtv sealent when putting the new one on?
Derek (10 месяцев назад)
Does the throttle body have a gasket to replace when u take it off
STANDING Tall (11 месяцев назад)
Gonna be replacing on a 2004 Ranger tomorrow. Thank you
Brian Nailer (1 год назад)
thank you very much billy!!! have an 04 trac. don't need to replace the housing, but i do need it out of my way. i'm not a mechanic AT ALL but i'm good at figuring things out. you made it much easier. i was actually on the right path but, not being a mechanic, i got nervous and quit til i could get some insight...and you just gave it to me in clear and complete detail...i feel easier now and i thank you very much!!
Michael Hilgers (1 год назад)
Minthillbilly gets to the point. I can see exactly what I need to do with out any any useless information wasting my time. Images are great. Very well done.
Roman Gendik (1 год назад)
Mike Winters (1 год назад)
very well illustrated and all the detail needed to make my repair.  Mike Winters, Stillwater, OK
Legomanz Car (1 год назад)
how hard is it to get the compressor hides pipes v shaped over the motor from left to right out of the way to get access tithe front , the bracket for all seems to be the way for a front removal as well
Legomanz Car (1 год назад)
and there is two wires and two hoses on top and some sort of plug behind it with a 1%sight view into where it might be leaking get I hate being a woman working on a man made item lol
Legomanz Car (1 год назад)
air-conditioned compressor
Legomanz Car (1 год назад)
all=alternator. and. hides =hoses
Legomanz Car (1 год назад)
Brandon (1 год назад)
I just had a mechanic tell me I'm leaking coolant from my headgasket and he quoted me $2500... to my understanding the therm housing is right by the cylinder head, correct? Could my mechanic be mistaken and think it's the head gasket and it actually be the therm housing?
Adrian Castano (1 год назад)
Angel (1 год назад)
Excellent video friend, regards from México..
Burly's Tech (1 год назад)
Thank you for the video.
seth awesome (1 год назад)
Any idea why the temp gage isn't working after doing this?
seth awesome (1 год назад)
This sucks, side note use a quarter drive swivel, cause the adapter makes it to big on the bolt in the back due to the wiring.. also the bolts easily strip so be prepared to buy extra bolts and a special socket for stripped bolts... wish it was as fast and easy as the video makes it out to be..
Monique Figures (1 год назад)
where do that black ring go?
Marciano Verde (1 год назад)
very good video! tanks!
adkins mom (1 год назад)
Thank you so much for the video! we bought a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac for a first car for our teenager. We discovered the housing leaking and had no idea how to get it off an EASY way.
adkins mom (1 год назад)
by the way, we are Chevrolet people and have never owned a Ford until now!
Dean LeMaster (1 год назад)
Your  process is easily followed and I have a 2003 Sport Trac with this problem and I feel I can get it fixed now. Thanks for your video.
Tessa Williams (1 год назад)
Hi do you work on Pontiac g6 gxp 09? This video was very helpful in getting my 04 ford explorer fixed
tubeitmark (1 год назад)
My 2005 sport trac 3inch bypass hose is leaking. Can I just drop the serpentine belt and remove it or do I have to remove the thermostat housing. My housing only has about 2500 miles on it.
Tumeni Nodes (1 год назад)
Thank you very much for this vid. Luckily on my 2004 explorer, this housing is completely exposed... nothing in the way, phew!
Nick DeVeau (1 год назад)
This is a great video and I found it extremely helpful! Thank you so much
loveofit (1 год назад)
Thank you so much for sharing this! Very helpful!
Dennis Alex (1 год назад)
Thanks for the help!
RICARDO PAREJO (1 год назад)
You make easy your Job, good explanation!! tks
Anthony Carrello (1 год назад)
hey bub, I just completed this on a 2003 mountaineer, but instead of letting the new housing sit overnight (like I should have) I drove it a couple hours later...should I be worried? didn't over heat or anything, but I'm hoping for longevity
Mark A. (1 год назад)
I just replaced mine 3 days ago. Put new sensors in as well. All was good for 3 days. Now I have a check engine light and my temp gauge does not ever come up. I put a new thermostat in when I replaced the housing. Any ideas what could be wrong?
Kate Murphy (1 год назад)
Hi, thanks for the awesome video. I'm confused though. A mechanic told me that I need to replace both the upper and lower thermostat housing. Is this the upper?
minthillbilly (1 год назад)
This video is showing both the upper neck and the lower. It's a common problem on these 4.0 liter engines. Thank you for watching and I hope the repair goes well.
michael cook (1 год назад)
Excellent instruction video.. Great tips.. I have the same year Explorer with the same problem plus changing out the water pump. Thanks for sharing the video and tips.. Fine mechanic!!!
Brett Finlayson (1 год назад)
Thanks for the info. Very helpful
Kurt O. Brown (1 год назад)
Are you using gasket Sealant on the thermostat housing seat or the thermostat cap?
Ron Rupke (1 год назад)
Need to replace my housing............again.............but not going to pay the $100's to a repair shop this time. Your video is very helpful as I prepare. One question I have is when you seat the lower housing, does it require any sealant or anything on the bottom of the housing? Or is there a gasket?
David Kelly (1 год назад)
I'm just getting to do this repair on my 98 Mountaineer.  Thanks for this video minthillbilly.  This is the very "BEST REPAIR VIDEO"  I've ever watched.  You explain everything so well and make it so easy to understand.  Hands down the best auto repair video I've ever watched.  Again, Thank You,  Dave Kelly
jquest43 (1 год назад)
+minthillbilly can i just take thermostat out for a few weeks? its summer
minthillbilly (1 год назад)
Thank you David! Always like hearing that we helped someone and the positive feedback. Hope you'll come back to our channel for more how to videos. Have a great day!
Kevin Beaver (1 год назад)
Thank you. I have a 08 Explorer with this problem. It has 140K on. I have had 1-2-3! radiators in it. Plastic - yuck!
Ian Snyder (2 года назад)
Thanks for this. It's been a while since I turned wrenches, and I'm a little rusty. Over time, you forget the little tricks and the knowledge that's only gained by experience (like don't forget to detach the gear shift indicator before dropping the dash to do a heater core on a crown vic 😆). You guys do a great job of showing people what they need to see, and that only comes from knowing your stuff. Excellent video.
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
Thank you Ian! We appreciate you watching and leaving such a nice comment. Also happy to hear when we've helped someone with their project. Hope you'll come back to our channel for more How To and Product Review videos. And please Subscribe if you haven't done so already. Have a great day!
Arturo Rodriguez (2 года назад)
Video came in handy in fixing the issue in my 2001 Ford Ranger Edge. I thought it was the upper gasket when it really was the housing.Thank you.
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
That's great and you're welcome. Always like to hear when we have been able to help someone out. Appreciate you watching and for commenting. We hope you'll come back to our channel for more How To and Product Review videos. Have a great day!
Ricky Gomez (2 года назад)
where did you buy the housing?? is it a ford part?
Jacob Louison (2 года назад)
how will the pressure test tell me where leak is it seems wet around housing buy cant see where its leaking from
Jacob Louison (2 года назад)
thank you
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
When you apply pressure to the system it will make the coolant spray out in volume where you can pin-point the leak easier.
Jacob Louison (2 года назад)
so i was wondering if where yours was leaking if it drained off back of motor right by top center of tranny mine just started i can smell coolant at front of motor but its leaking off back of motor
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
Yes it can. Ford has a bad problem with these thermostat housing on the 4.0 L, and yes if they are leaking bad enough, it can puddle in the intake valley pan and run off the back of the motor. I recommend if you're not sure, pressure test the system to locate the leak. Hope this help. Thank you for watching. Have a great day.
Illusions Unlimited (2 года назад)
great video buddy, i just.got 1 question, mine is leaking from the bottom of thermostat housing, but im not sure if its the hose or the housing, how can i tell withour removing......?
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
Nine times out of ten, it is the housing. If you see the coolant residue on the side of the housing more than likely it needs the complete housing. This is a big problem on the Ford 4.0 liter. Hope that helps. Thanks for watching and come back and watch more of our How To videos. Have a great day.
mannyes82 (2 года назад)
I just replaced my thermostat housing using this video. Thanks a lot.
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
That's great! Thank you for letting us know. Glad we could help. Please come back to our channel for many more How To videos. Have a great day!
Soy Papi (2 года назад)
thanks for sharing this video save money
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
Thank you...glad to hear it. We appreciate you watching the video and commenting. Please come back to our channel for many more How To videos. Have a great day!
bay2theaz (2 года назад)
thanks bro. made my day at work much easier
minthillbilly (2 года назад)
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Kevin Voyles (2 года назад)
and also exactly what I needed to see
Kevin Voyles (2 года назад)
iam having the same issue as we speak I am having trouble with the back bolt on the housing on removing it tried wrench tried socket can u recommend anything please thanks Kevin
William Duppstadt (2 года назад)
Thanks, Great video!
Jessica Andrews (2 года назад)
Hi, I bought my truck from a dealership and they told me the housing is cracked. They also told me it was a $400 part, plus labor, so I'm a little hesitant to believe them! How do I know if it really needs to be replaced? Maybe it's just the gasket? Btw- GREAT video!!
Jessica Andrews (2 года назад)
I ended up replacing it myself. There was a big crack in it! Right at the seam. I found out it's a pretty common problem on this vehicle. Thanks for the reply!
Ian Snyder (2 года назад)
Jessica Andrews I imagine you already had this taken care of, but I just got a quote of $107 from my local part store (for the housing. I have to transfer the sensors from the old part to the new part). The dealership is probably trying to sell you the sensors, the bypass hose, clamps, etc. with it. They'll always charge you for every screw, clamp, washer, etc. they can and get every dime they can squeeze out of you. I'd go to a mom & pop kind of place instead. I'm just gonna do mine in my driveway.
Philip Hendrix (2 года назад)
Thanks for ur video. I will attempt this today. I wonder where to get by pass hose?
jquest43 (1 год назад)
unfortunatly,the bypass hoses are extreamly rare,almost extinct.so you will have to hire a bypass hose specialist to research where to get it,IF THEY STILL EXIST!!
William Salisbury (2 года назад)
thankyou so it is possible to replace this part without taking the dang intake manifold off.
jquest43 (1 год назад)
no.watch video carfully...u will see where he had to take it off,PLUS the left cylinder head,to access the thermostat bypass hose secondary which flows through #2 cylinder. watch it again.
David Chapman (2 года назад)
Super. Exactly what I needed to see! Thanks.
basspig (2 года назад)
What about just replacing the thermostat? Is it necessary to replace the housing when the t-stat fails?
basspig (2 года назад)
I was able to buy a thermostat for 38 dollars and a gasket for 5 dollars at local parts store. Works great.
mannyes82 (2 года назад)
Im no expert, but if you have no leaking you should be fine just replacing the Thermostat. I changed everything on mine, lower and upper housing, 2 sensors, and of course the gasket and O ring. I would deff recommend you get the parts from the dealer, those will last you a little longer than any other after market parts.
James Terry (2 года назад)
Great video. I'm going to work on this project this weekend! It would help a LOT if you could put the part numbers for the parts you replaced in your description. Thanx for the video!
hillus herrod (2 года назад)
what if one of your upper thermostat bolts won't come out?
David Koterba (2 года назад)
thanks ,did this bout 4 years ago...had problems with several NEW murray water outlets...was told to use dorman...worked good until now ...forgot how I did it without taking off the intake....so thanks for the reminder.....still a poor design though....arhhhggg
scotty c. (2 года назад)
Great video! I just did this job today and used this vid to help. The only thing I will add is that you unplugged both sensors it seems before even removing the housing. I was only able to disconnect the one on the left, I had to remove the three bolts and kind of work the housing half way out before I could unplug the other sensor. I connected both of them while the new housing was half way in again.
TriodeLuvr (2 года назад)
Thanks for the video! Why does the entire housing need to be replaced? Why not just replace the gasket?
manz1397 (10 месяцев назад)
The housing is glued together and with time, and heating cycles it separates, and warps. It doesn't pay to just replace the gaskets, because the housing will leak eventually either way.
עברית ישראל (2 года назад)
that's what I did today. It was just the o-ring
Brad Dustin (2 года назад)
Had my entire housing, thermostat and sensors changed on my 01 4.0 SOHC Ford Ranger only because of smelling antifreeze seeping from the housing. And from the very first freeway grade I drove up, the needle pegged hot. Never blew coolant or steam out the tailpipe (ever). Level ground is fine. Could the sensor wires be swapped by mistake to make it peg hot? Any suggestions?
Phillipe Palomo (2 года назад)
thanks billy , regards
Eric Carso (2 года назад)
Thank you man!!! really great Video. exactly what I needed.
Tony Guajardo (2 года назад)
thank u
Rick Kuperberg Sr. (2 года назад)
Was hoping someone could answer if they did this job and how long (Hours) did it take and was it as easy as the video seemed etc? Two mechancis want over $600 to fix this one saying the part is over $200 and 3 hour labor. I seen the part online ranging from $50-$80 and I use to work on my own vehicles back in the day but haven't much lately but cant afford $600. Any help/comments much appreicated.
Layne Douglas (2 года назад)
+Rick Kuperberg Sr. eBay has the parts for $19.99. I will let you know how hard it is after this weekend, assuming the parts come in this week.
Narad Maloo (2 года назад)
great job only bad thing is that I'm now looking at this after i took apart my engine :(
jsngallery (2 года назад)
Is the ratchet wrench a 10mm? Tks
Janet Ortiz (3 года назад)
This was an absolute awesome video! You explained it so well step by step and even what hose goes to what! You were clear in your voice and could understand you very well!!! I've viewed lots of videos that have issues hearing what they are saying, but you did it great! Thank you so very much!
tigerfan3905 (3 года назад)
About to dive into this...thanks so much for the vid. Best one on YouTube for this job.
Zimmy12ify (3 года назад)
Just finished mine yesterday. Thanks for the vid! I was able to get mine out and in without removing any wires by just moving them around and un-attaching the one harness mount. Plus removing the water neck. I need to find a better way of replacing the serpentine belt. Kicks my butt every time! Thank You Again! Oh, make sure that short hose isn't any longer than the original. Else it will fight you.
PlayGirl (3 года назад)
I am getting read to do mine now. Just finished the water pump and putting water in still leaking tracing the leak better than last time to the thermostat housing area so I hope it's the issue this time. I am searching the internet because I didn't know if I would have to remove the intake. More nuts and bolts laying everywhere and still a pain in the back. I love my truck but she's been acting up lately. I am thankful for the video and narrative. Sad we can't see back there to ensure that is exactly the problem. I won't need a reminder now to not loan my truck to the family. Ugh!!!
Devin Shafer (3 года назад)
Well I have to thank you, I was having so,much trouble with this. I had to beat the fan clutch off, but this made the thermostat housing easy. Great video.
Alice Meyers (3 года назад)
This repair is being performed on my 1999 explorer today. This video helps me understand what they're doing.
C. Nees (3 года назад)
Once the new thermostat housing is put back in can you just top off the coolant and that be it?  Or do you have to do anything special?
Nate Hancock (3 года назад)
Appreciate the help and the info!
Raider (3 года назад)
Very well made video clear and concise covers all the right procedures for this particular vehicle. On Explorers non sport it's allot easier due to the amount of room and clearance issues. This video can be used as well because it address even more info. In regard to other questions you should replace the sensors and all gaskets. These are a very small cost compared to the entire housing. I would recommend Dorman 902-860 it was re designed as an upgrade not a replacement for the housing. Sensors you can go with many brands just make sure it has the right connection spade wise. Great job minthillbilly, I would only add one thing as a note. On the bottom of the radiator you have a petcock/plastic knob for draining coolant. I drain out about a third of coolant and then re-tighten the knob. This will drain out all the coolant from the hoses and area you would be working on. As I disconnected the upper and lower hoses they are empty. After re-starting the engine and going through the heat and cooling cycles just add it back as the level drops. Thanks Friend.
Ian Snyder (2 года назад)
Raider After having a few of those break on me, I just started pulling the lower hose and draining it all out. I worked on a lot of $h!tbox cars, I guess. But we had a tool that hooked up to shop air and would pull the cooling system into a vacuum. Every shop should have one. Being able to detect a leak before filling the system up was handy, and we never had issues with air pockets. It was a beautiful thing.
Brian Simard (3 года назад)
Thanks Bobby, You make it look easy.
JAMES PAYNE (3 года назад)
Great video shows to do the job with ease. Thanks
ausetisis (3 года назад)
Thanks! This gave me the confidence to try and repair my 2005 sport trac. I will try this next week.
Amore Johnson (3 года назад)
Thanks a million for this video. Can't wait to start my project. Best video!
mvpbuilds (3 года назад)
Thank you
adrian chavez (3 года назад)
i drive 2001 ford explorer sport trac edition. i have a leak in my radiator. i put anti freeze & my vehicle just eats it up. today i noticed i put water in & fired up the engine & it ate it up real quick. hoses look fine. dont know much about fixing vehicles but would appreciate some advice.
N Q A (3 года назад)
+adrian chavez i think u have a bad head gaskit, get it checked
CalamityEnsues (3 года назад)
So this is the part that two mechanics have told me costs $500+? I need to find one that will let me bring in my own parts and only charge me for labor; I've seen that part for $80 in stores.
TheDrBentley (3 года назад)
Jesus thats a bitch to fix!!!
Devin Shafer (3 года назад)
No kidding. I've been working on,my friends 04 and it's been kicking my ass. I've never had this much trouble, and since my arms are so thick and I have fat fingers the water pump was even worse.
antawain shoemaker (3 года назад)
This is the best YouTube vid I've ever watched great job brother!!!!
peterwhitaker71 (3 года назад)
Excellent, thanks for taking the time to do this and spread the knowledge.
tmv108 (3 года назад)
Was not that easy for me! I had a wiring harness going right through the middle between the sensors. Easy to come out but a bear to get in! Then one of the sensors was stripped and I had to break open the old housing to remove. I ended up taking the intake bolts off and letting it float up a bit. Made things much easier. I took the housing off but could not find the leak?!?! Oh well no leaks now. Thanks Minthillbilly.
jimmy avery (3 года назад)
I have a 2010 mustang I had my thermostat housing replace but now my upper thermostat housing leaking now could it be the gasket
igostupidfast3 (3 года назад)
Its a good idea to replace both upper and lower housing with all the seals at the same time.
Tim Curtis (3 года назад)
Outstanding video instruction! Great camera work and narration! You have a terrific talent for showing how things can be accomplished with ease and finesse. I feel a huge weight taken off my shoulders. I owe you big time for this one!!!
A LeBlanc (4 года назад)
Tough job made easy!  Thanks for sharing.
minthillbilly (4 года назад)
+A LeBlanc Thanks man!  Have a good one.

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