Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Central Illinois
To replace the thermostat, you drain the radiator, remove two bolts, pull out the old one, insert the new one, replace the two bolts, refill the radiator.
It should only cost marginally more than flushing/refilling the radiator. $300 is WAY out of line.
One thing to note... a lot of time 96 Cobras have other cooling issues... it may note be as simple as the thermostat.
Issues affecting 96 cooling:
- Not having the cooling TSB performed. The 96 Cobras had an inferior cooling system. 97 and up fixed it. Ford has a TSB that replaces the radiator, fan, ac condensor to 97 specs. Some people's dealers will install it for free, some won't.
- Air bubble in cooling system... you need to fill the cooling system properly through the coolant overfill tube following a specific procedure. Failure to do this will put an air pocket in your cooling system that can cause you to overheat.
- Fan or fan connector burning up. A couple people here have had the connector going to the fan start on fire.
- CCRM going bad. People using manual high speed fan mods and even others have had the CCRM relay located in the passenger side fender burn out... symptons are that the fan won't go on, causing overheating. It costs $125 for a new one, and you just remove the plastic inner fender liner to get access to it.
EDIT: BTW, I've had every one of these things go bad on my Cobra. I've also tried replacing radiator with aftermarket Fluidyne, replacing a/c condensor with 97 style, using an Evans water pump. And I still had some overheating problems!!!
Last edited by jslagel; 10-17-2002 at 12:28 PM.