When to replace the Thermostat on your VW GOLF
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Engine thermostat : 50000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.3, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.6, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.6, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI G60 Syncro, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 Syncro, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 i Cat, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 Syncro, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI Cat, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI 16V, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI 16V, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI G60, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.6 D, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.6 TD, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.6 TD, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.6 TD, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.3 Cat, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI, VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 i Cat Syncro View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

How to change engine thermostat on VW GOLF 2 [TUTORIAL AUTODOC]

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Tools
Replacement: engine thermostat – VW Golf 2. Tools you might need:
Torque wrench
Drive socket # 7
Drive socket # 10
Drive socket # 13
Ratchet wrench
Fluid container
Funnel
Fender cover
Replacement: engine thermostat – VW Golf 2. Tip from AUTODOC:
  • Check the condition of the coolant every time you replace the thermostat. Change the coolant if necessary.
  • Please note: all work on the car – VW Golf 2 – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    How to change Thermostat on VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1983 - free PDF and video manuals
    Open the hood.
  2. Step 2
    How to replace VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.8 GTI 1984 Thermostat - step-by-step manuals and video guides
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
  3. Step 3
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    Unscrew the coolant reservoir cap.
  4. Step 4
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    Prepare a container for fluids.
  5. Step 5
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    Loosen the coolant hose clamp. Use a drive socket #7. Use a ratchet wrench.
  6. Step 6
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    Detach the coolant hose.
  7. Step 7
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    Drain the coolant from the engine.
    Replacement: engine thermostat – VW Golf 2. Tip:
    Caution! The coolant can be very hot.Wear gloves to prevent contact with hot liquid.All work should be done with the engine stopped.Wait until the coolant has completely flowed out of the drain hole.
  8. Step 8
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    Unscrew the thermostat housing fasteners. Use a drive socket #13. Use a ratchet wrench.
  9. Step 9
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    Remove the thermostat housing.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: engine thermostat – VW Golf 2. Do not use excessive force when removing the part as this may damage it.
  10. Step 10
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    Remove the thermostat.
    AUTODOC recommends:
    Replacement: engine thermostat – VW Golf 2. Do not use excessive force when removing the part as this may damage it.Caution! Coolant may leak out of the coolant lines and thermostat housing.
  11. Step 11
    Replacing Thermostat on VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1983 1.8 GTI by yourself
    Install a new thermostat.
    Replacement: engine thermostat – VW Golf 2. Tip:
    When installing, do not use excessive force to avoid damage to the part.
  12. Step 12
    GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1.6 1984 Thermostat DIY replacement workshop manual
    Install the thermostat housing.
  13. Step 13
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    Tighten the thermostat housing fasteners. Use a drive socket #10. Use a torque wrench. Tighten it to 13 nm torque.
  14. Step 14
    Step-by-step recommendations for DIY replacement VW GOLF II (19E, 1G1) 1986 1.6 Thermostat
    Attach the coolant hose.
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