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Old 06-07-2010, 07:03 PM
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Default heater core backflush: change your Tee and restrictor

With Larry gone, there's no one left to constantly remind people to change the following parts when they do their heater core back flush:

12522867 Tee, heater water bypass

10157988 (AC Delco 15-5423) Coolant Flow Control Valve (restrictor)


Both available from RMS. A member had previously provided me with an alternate part number for the restrictor, available at the local parts store, so I wouldn't have to pay the exorbitant GM price. This was before the crash and I no longer have that info.

They aren't universal, you can't make your own. They restrict flow to the heater core and are essential.

These plastic parts are often as old as the car itself, disintegrate or become brittle. I changed them on the new-to-me 94 RMW w/ 74.5k miles this weekend. The restrictor pulverized in my hand. Several members have ignored Larry's advice to save $15 and have ultimately paid for it with catastrophic failure of one of those pieces shortly after the backflush.

If anyone has a better suggestion on how to remove the restrictor and tee from the crimped metal portion of the heater flow control hoses, feel free to post it here. I cut the hose directly below the metal and reattached to the tee and restrictor with a worm gear hose clam, but that leaves very little wiggle room.

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A member had previously provided me with an alternate part number for the restrictor, available at the local parts store, so I wouldn't have to pay the exorbitant GM price. This was before the crash and I no longer have that info.
I just did this service on my ride. I got the restrictor from AutoZone, so I wouldn't have to pay crazy shipping costs. Info is as follows:

Everco / Heater Control Valve P/N: 74795, $10.99
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/cat...t=heater+valve
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I just went with the whole hose kit at 90k miles. Figure I won't have to do that again for YEARS , hose, restricter or Tee, all new , all done.
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I got gates hose(Have to cut to fit, A new T and a new restrictor... I did everything for $45.

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I got gates hose(Have to cut to fit, A new T and a new restrictor... I did everything for $45.

Nice. It will help to flush the heater core as well.
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Jason,

Good stuff. Thanks for posting.
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I was installing a green silicone 9c1 hose in my car, and I wanted to replace the T and the restrictor. I didn't want to shorten the hose.

I broke off the plastic part flush at the metal cuff. I crushed the cuff in the vise, first flat, then flat the other way, then back to round. I'm not sure if that helped any, since my plastic wasn't all that brittle. Then I reached inside with needle nose pliers and tore out the plastic nipple one bit at a time. Once the plastic core-support was gone, the metal cuff just slid right off.

You have to be more careful than I was. I got impatient, and I tore a little bit of the inside of the silicone hose.

The restrictor is available at RockAuto. I already had a brass T.
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do they make steel braided heater core hoses? same as above but steel braided.

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Good info!
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I added this thread's URL to the sticky.
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