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Old 12-18-2009, 22:53   #1 (permalink)
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I need some help with a few jobs I'm attempting on my '89 GT. I got stuck to the point of pulling hair last week so I'm hoping someone who has maybe done these jobs before can help.

Thermostat

Last time I tried this I managed to get to the point of removing the upper rad hose, and then I got stuck. My ratchet doesn't fit in the tiny space I'd have to loosen the thermostat housing bolts, and I can't put a wrench on them because there's a small metal lip on the edge of the housing which prevents this. How in the heck can I get the housing off? I already removed the air cleaner housing for easier access, but it looks like I'd have to remove the distributor assembly, which I'd rather not do and I'm sure there has to be an easier way.

Fuel Filter

I've located the filter fine and have no issues about removing and replacing it, however I have no idea how to depressurize the fuel system. I've found the fuel pump cutoff switch in the cargo area, but the plug that goes into the bottom of it is practically soddered on; I can't remove it. I've also had no luck finding the fuse panel so that I could pull the fuse on the fuel pump. I've tried googling it and only found eeither wiring diagrams (I have the Hayne's one already) or incorrect information.

Rear Hatch Release/Latch

I can't open my rear hatch. I disconnected the rod that clips onto the lock cylinder and the cylinder does turn with the key I have, however when the rod is connected it doesn't move at all. Maybe a dousing of WD-40 will do it? I do have a power hatch release on it but it doesn't seem to work. When trying to disconnect the inertia switch as mentioned above I also noticed another plug back there that isn't plugged into anything, is it possible that it's the plug for the hatch release?

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help. I'd really like to avoid having to go to a shop if I can. I have a digital camera and can post pictures if anybody has no idea what I'm talking about

Cheers!
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Re: Trying DIY on '89 GT: Help please!

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I need some help with a few jobs I'm attempting on my '89 GT. I got stuck to the point of pulling hair last week so I'm hoping someone who has maybe done these jobs before can help.

Thermostat

Last time I tried this I managed to get to the point of removing the upper rad hose, and then I got stuck. My ratchet doesn't fit in the tiny space I'd have to loosen the thermostat housing bolts, and I can't put a wrench on them because there's a small metal lip on the edge of the housing which prevents this. How in the heck can I get the housing off? I already removed the air cleaner housing for easier access, but it looks like I'd have to remove the distributor assembly, which I'd rather not do and I'm sure there has to be an easier way.

Fuel Filter

I've located the filter fine and have no issues about removing and replacing it, however I have no idea how to depressurize the fuel system. I've found the fuel pump cutoff switch in the cargo area, but the plug that goes into the bottom of it is practically soddered on; I can't remove it. I've also had no luck finding the fuse panel so that I could pull the fuse on the fuel pump. I've tried googling it and only found eeither wiring diagrams (I have the Hayne's one already) or incorrect information.

Rear Hatch Release/Latch

I can't open my rear hatch. I disconnected the rod that clips onto the lock cylinder and the cylinder does turn with the key I have, however when the rod is connected it doesn't move at all. Maybe a dousing of WD-40 will do it? I do have a power hatch release on it but it doesn't seem to work. When trying to disconnect the inertia switch as mentioned above I also noticed another plug back there that isn't plugged into anything, is it possible that it's the plug for the hatch release?

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help. I'd really like to avoid having to go to a shop if I can. I have a digital camera and can post pictures if anybody has no idea what I'm talking about

Cheers!


Hello and good day:

One way to relieve the fuel pressure is Fuel filter is located on the firewall, slightly off center towards the driver´s side. It´s really easier to remove the battery, battery tray and main intake pipe to access the filter. It´s about a 15 minute job. You´ll need some metric sockets to remove the above items and a couple of screwdrivers (long shaft). Most importantly, you must depressurize your fuel system first. To do this, find you [COLOR=#0000ff !important][COLOR=#0000ff !important]fuel [COLOR=#0000ff !important]pump[/color][/color][/color] Pop open the hood and you should see a 6"x2" black box on the driver or passenger side under the hood. Open the box and in it should be the fuel pump relay switch. Hope that this helps and if you need further assistance please feel free to contact me further. Good luck.


fuse and remove. Then attempt to crank the car, it will turn over a little while but not crank - this will relieve the pressure.

Now the way I relieve the Pressure on my 1999 Ford Escort SE, i to locate the Fuel line into the Fuel injection Rail, there is a small Black Cap that unscrews (like a Tire Valve), and press the pin to relieve the pressure.

Other option is:

1. Buy a Haynes manual
2. Read Haynes maual
3. Read and search appropriate threads, trust us, it's been covered before
4. Fix car
5. Consume beer of job well done

Thermostat:


1.9L Engine
1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. 2. Drain the cooling system. 3. Remove the air intake tube, crankcase breather and PCV hose. 4. Remove the ignition coil pack and bracket. 5. Remove the upper radiator hose. 6. Remove the ignition coil pack bracket. 7. Unfasten the heater hose inlet tube bracket bolt and remove the heater hose inlet tube from the thermostat housing. 8. Remove the three thermostat housing attaching bolts, then remove the thermostat housing and gasket.
WARNING

Do not pry off the housing.


9. Remove the thermostat and the rubber seal from the housing. To install: 10. Clean the thermostat housing pocket and cylinder head mating surfaces. 11. Place the thermostat into position. Press it into place to compress the rubber seal inside the housing. Make sure the thermostat tabs engage properly into the housing slots.
Fig. 16: The thermostat tabs should engage properly into the housing slots-1991-95 1.9L engines
12. Position the thermostat housing and gasket on the cylinder head. 13. Install the three attaching bolts and tighten them to 71-97 ft. lbs. (8-11 Nm). 14. Install the heater hose inlet pipe and the heater hose inlet pipe bracket bolt. 15. Install the upper radiator hose. 16. Install the ignition coil and bracket. 17. Install the crankcase breather, PCV hoses and the air intake tube. 18. Connect the negative battery cable. 19. Refill the cooling system. 20. Start the engine and bring to normal operating temperature and check for coolant leaks. 21. Check the coolant level and add as necessary.


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remove the coil on the drivers side of head take hose off remover thermostat housing bolts should be three 8mm bolts put back revise

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