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Uhg again! Heater valve woes.......

Second one that has broken in half while driving down the road.

Anyone else having continued failures with this?




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At least it's a fix that's under $20


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I've had one leak a little, but never snap off like that. Maybe you're tightening those hose clamps too tight? The springy type should put enough pressure on it alone.
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Save yourself some grief and stop buying the $20 AutoZone/Advanced/OReilly specials. The OE Ford valves will begin to leak eventually but are usually good for 7~10 years.
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Sorry, but wrong answer on that one. I've been driving these for 17 years and had 13+ rangers and I've had one fail on more than 75% of them.... all oem. I'm TIRED of buying OEM ones.
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I've only had problems 1 time, in my '96 2.3L about 3 years ago. It was the original valve and I put a cheap autozone valve in it, and haven't had a problem since.

My '04 3.0 still has the original in it.
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Save yourself some grief and stop buying the $20 AutoZone/Advanced/OReilly specials. The OE Ford valves will begin to leak eventually but are usually good for 7~10 years.
x2. The only problem I had with mine was that the rubber diaphragm got a leak after about 10 years so my A/C kept defaulting to defrost.

I also agree with over tightening those hose clamps.
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In the pics the hot water valve looks like its routed kind of close to the exhaust manifold. Is the discoloration on the valve due to antifreeze or heat?
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