Sorry, you're right. When I did my first oil change in my MK3, I never put the splash guard back on, but when I did remove it originally, I required a jack. The skid plate did not require a jack. You will need a jack to reach one of the bolts on the tstat as you will need to get at it from underneath the passenger side. I mentioned I didn't require a jack because all I did was remove the skid guard, drain the radiator, and remove the hoses before realizing I didn't have a deep socket needed to remove the tstat, so I put everything back.This is okay but the MK3 is slightly different, no? Sounds like I need the Stat, 8mm shallow and deep sockets, extensions (swivel type?) and some coolant. Seeing as how I need to drain and fill the coolant due to maintenance this is a good excuse to get this done.
Also to the above poster: how on earth did you manage to get under the car and take those things off without jacking it up? I can't imagine that being feasible in my gravel driveway. Don't I need to removal the splash guard? Can't do that without jacking the car up.
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