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Old 04-04-2008
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I replaced an inline temp sensor t-pipe that was made of steel, it rusted through. Now my t stat housing has a hole rusted through it. I sure would like to replace it with an aluminum part. Has anyone else had this happen to them? Is it possible to get an aluminum housing? Every part store I called says that they do not know what the parts are made of because they have to order it.
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i have a plastic one from a newer 2.5 that may work for you
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Pictures of the damage and POA

Here are the pictures of my thermostat housing with the holes in it. I only had one hole but after I start poking and prodding I found (made, whatever) three more. A mechanic type buddy of mine says I should be able to patch them up with JB weld. I'm going to try it tonight just so I have something to throw on there tomorrow.

However, I would love to take a look at your plastic housing. Where did you get it? I have yet to see any plastic ones. I need the one with out the sensor nut on it.

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The JB weld fix

Here are some pics...Think I should throw this on my truck?

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you can try it for temp solution, but thats probly a 94 or older right? so you could get a new one and it would last another 10 years, or you could get the newer ones that are made out of plastic and just plug up the sensor holes on it (or get it out of the junkyard with the sensors still in it and just dont connect them to anything) and try that and not have it rust out on you.
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Old 04-07-2008
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Done

Well, I bought another steel one from autozone. It did have the sensor hole in it but Autozone had a plug for it. The only problem was that the part of the outlet that goes to the radiator hose was too big. It took me quite a while to force the old hose on to it. I did however manage.

I looked around and did not see any plastic ones. Are you suggesting that newer model year t-stat housing will fit my truck? Or do they make aftermarket plastic housings that fit my truck?
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If rust may be a big issue on your rig.. perhaps you should start tossing some high temp engine enamel on those fittings? Get it done up so you'll never have to worry about it again
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yes the newer 2.3s and 2.5s before 01 have a plastic housing and yes it will fit your engine, just use the t-stat for that housing if you wanted to try that route.
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