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metal heater control valve 900 1994

So I will be coming up on preventatively replacing my heater hoses and valve. Currently, I have an all metal valve, and I am wondering about the wisdom of replacing this with a new Genuine Volvo one, apparently of plastic. Any thoughts? Who sources the metal ones? Thanks.





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Dear U.S. Diver,

Hope you're well. I can't recall having seen an all-metal heater control valve for a 940. I have a couple that are mostly metal: one hose nipple is plastic.

The problem with plastic is that it embrittles with time and heat. When such a valve fails, it is usually "catastrophic". One of the hose nipples separates from the valve body. Coolant is lost in a minute or so.

An all-steel valve will corrode, given enough time. But as the metal rusts, the valve is likely to leak. A gradual loss of coolant is noticeable. The valve can then be replaced before it fails completely.

I suggest use of Volvo brand heater hoses. These mission-critical hoses last reliably for about 15 years, where ambient temperatures are not for long periods above 90⁰F (32.2⁰C). It is hard to install and to inspect heater hoses, so using the best-quality part is money well-spent.

Hope this helps.

Yours faithfully,

Spook



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Happy New Year to all!

As far as replacing the heater control valve, good on you for replacing. I get them from Ford dealer. I ask for y6-136 and pay $40. I have one that is 6 years old and another that is 4. No problems
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89 240 wagon, 94 940, 300K, 94 940, 141K



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