Saturday, March 21, 2015

Heater Valve Resto

The heater valve had presented a problem for a couple of years. First, the inlet hose began to dribble at the valve, and second, the o-ring on the valve itself had outlived its usefulness and was now allowing coolant to slowly dribble onto the firewall and even on the transmisssion housing. Not fast enough to require adding coolant on a frequent basis, but still an issue. I knew this was something that wouldn't fix itself.

We wondered if the whole heater core would have to be removed to fix the problem but as it turned out the answer was no. Even better, the o-ring was a perfect match for the early 2002 style, still easy to obtain. As was the orginal s-curved heater hose, which is NLA but still available from Walloth and Nesch for under 10 Euros.

The old heater valve inlet hose alongside the equally crusty old piece of heater hose that had been used by a PO as a valve cover oil breather hose.

So Patrick at Midngiht Motorsport made the repair and now I am the proud owner of a gleaming, clean valve, with its attendant improvement to the all-important look.

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