Cutlass 99, thermostat’s gone bad. Using the Haynes, I got the air filter box and mount out, the battery out, pulled the upper radiator hose out from where it meets (what I’m assuming) the thermostat housing. The Haynes manual and everything else I read online says there’s nothing else to remove to get to the housing bolts for the thermostat, but from where I can see them, there’s no WAY I could fit a wrench in there! What am I doing wrong? Am I looking in the wrong place? Can I not do this with a wrench?
Also, the overflow line also needs to be unbolted from the thermostat housing, but every time I turn it, it bends the line, and I don’t want to snap it off. Frozen bolts maybe?
Please be gentle on your jargon. I’ve never even changed my oil without assistance before, and it took me forever to figure out where the radiator was in the first place. Also, please don’t tell me to take it to a mechanic unless that’s my only option. I’d have to get it towed there, and while I like my mechanic and all, I need to find out how to do some of this stuff myself.