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Old 11-29-2006, 07:39 PM   #1
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I want to get a 2nd opinion from you guys:

What I posted on the Explorer Forum:

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Ok, went to jump start my car with the explorer. Had the hood poped, was keeping the engine reved a bit at a steady 2000RPM when all the sudden I started to see a small steam cloud coming from the engine bay

Shut the motor off and went to take a look.

Here'* what I found.

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Looks to be coming from the wierd actuator, or one of the lines feeding it...

Safe to still drive it?

Any input/help is much apriciated!

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-John
I was told it is the "Heater Control Valve"

Sound right?

thanks guys!
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It definatley looks like some part of the heating/cooling system since it has both inlets and outlets. Maybe time to remove it and see if theres a crack on the underside of the plastic Piece.
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That sounds about right!

Before doing too much, try to determine exactly where the leak is. It could be a pinhole in a heater/coolant hose, a loose connector (not too likely), or even a crack in the actuator itself. You may find that that actuator part is not cheap.

Depending on the size of the leak, you could continue driving it for short trips. Mind you that I hesitate to say this, because without knowing where the actual leak is, you can't evaluate the severity of the situation. If it'* a crack in the plastic part, it has the potential to catastrophicly fail under further use.

If it were me, I would do my best to locate the exact failure area and get it repaired. I don't like taking chances with large $ items that I count on every day.
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Thanks for the replys guys!

Unfortunatly, the bonnie isn't in running condition, so I had to drive it to school. Once/If I get home (another 20 minute drive) I'm going to look into it more closely.

<--- Crosses fingers
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Just make sure that before you take of for home today, you check your coolant level. Then pay close attention during your drive.
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Just make sure that before you take of for home today, you check your coolant level. Then pay close attention during your drive.
ok,

I was very diligent on the way to school today; esp looking at the temp. gauge
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EDIT Stupid double post.

Delete this please? :P
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Guys, guys.

You're overworking your feeble brains...the answer is right there.

The answer is: Ford



John, I kid I kid.
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That control valve is seamed plastic. They often crack at these seams.
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That control valve is seamed plastic. They often crack at these seams.
My guess the extremly cold weather and warm engine bay once the engine hot might have done her in
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