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Re: quattro-digest V1 #240
I read the following with interest....
> From: email@example.com
> Subject: Re: Heater Valve
> >> Do I recall correctly that there was a suitable replacement available
> >> from Pep-Boys that you mentioned awhile back?
> >That's right, many have used it. It's just the aftermarket version of the
> >heater control valve. The one I got happened to be a Stant model. These
> >metal-bodied ones are seemingly more robust than the plastic OEM ones,
> >which can split wide open and spew coolant everywhere. The cost is
> >similar either way (~$20).
> Where is it located / from where is it accessible? That's precisely the
> sort of part one ought to just go ahead and replace after buying an old
> used car, the kind of thing you where preemptive effort seems to be rather
> small and break-down effect particularly troublesome...
The reason it's so interesting is that I just finished a 2,000 mile
vacation trip - and right SMACK in the middle of it, the heater
control valve (easily accessible between the block and heater core;
just look at the single hose coming out of the block in back) in my
1990 200 started leaking like a sieve.
Unfortunately (and predictably) it was in a small town 90 miles from
a dealer - and it was Saturday morning. I made one 180-mile round
trip just to get a valve from a wrecking yard, but unfortunately the
only one they had was made with only the vacuum valve - not the
thermoswitch which evidently began being used sometime in mid-
1990. Rats....but it did fill the hole and cost only $16.
So I ended up making a second 180-mile round trip to get a dealer-
ordered (next day service) part the following week. I can attest that
the retail price on this valve is $56, which is actually a lot less than
Opinion: If I had another Audi with 100K or so on it - I would replace
that valve, especially if there was a $20 part which would do it.
1958 Fiat 1200 Spyder "Transformabile"
1983 Datsun 280ZXT
1990 Audi 200