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Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:00 pm 
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hey has anyone replaced the heater tap on an ef b4? just want to know whats involved and how long it should take to do??

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:04 pm 
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Well most the coolant will leak out, its located on the bottom heater hose, it just a matter of vaccuum line off, hose off each end and new one in, vacuum line back on, re-fill coolant.

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:31 pm 
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can you get at it from the top or will i have to jack up the front and go under??

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 2:50 pm 
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You can do it from the top if you like (just get used to swearing), but the bottom is far simpler and easier.

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 3:07 pm 
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well thanx for the tips, i guess i have no excuses just better get on and do it!

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 3:10 pm 
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if its not leaking you can always just live without heater :wink:

 

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Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2005 3:14 pm 
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i live in the adelaide hills, when i go to work its about 6'..... our home is new and has no heating.... I WANT A HEATER!!

its been without much heat for about 2 months now and i want to feel my feet again

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:35 am 
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got the same problem its just that its a v8 ,are they in the same pos as the 6 or somewhere else?
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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:12 am 
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Ive had mine go on my old I6 and my current v8.
The I6 is a much easier job from under the car, if you cant do it n you really cbf, goto a mech, they dont charge much n it really is a b**ch to do from above IMHO.
The v8's heater tap is located infront of the passenger side windscreen wiper, just go down, watch where all the hoses are going and you will see them come to a plastic T piece, this is it = just take all the pipes off, make sur eu watch what goes where and then put them onto the new Tap.
Make sure the vaccume line is on properly!
This is an IDEAL time to do a coolant flush as you will lose a LOT of it doing this job anyway.
Fill with coolant, do the new coolant procedure as in the manual, cant rem it now, something ike run car for 10min with heater off then on.. dunno, have a read.

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:16 am 
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with the problem of the coolant leakign everywere u can get a pair of locking palstic pliers theat you place on either side of the heater hose and will stop the coolant leakign out

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:20 am 
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Disco Frank wrote:
with the problem of the coolant leakign everywere u can get a pair of locking palstic pliers theat you place on either side of the heater hose and will stop the coolant leakign out

Ah, GOOD idea!
This would be usefull if you dont need new coolant and havnt lost a huge amount already from the faulty tap.
Thanks for the idea.

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:22 am 
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PIECE OF PISS - work from underneath clamp the hoses undo 2 hose clamps remove vaccum hose

new tap available from REPCO approx $30
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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:15 am 
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forgot to mention but me car has gas on it and the converter is in the same spot described above. :?

 

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NC 5ltr wrote:
forgot to mention but me car has gas on it and the converter is in the same spot described above. :?


yes still in the same spot!

 

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Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:34 am 
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NC 5ltr wrote:
forgot to mention but me car has gas on it and the converter is in the same spot described above. :?

Although mine is a 6 I think the same will apply to you. I had mine go and I gave up trying on the side of the road, I bought a brass ferrule and bypassed the heater till I could get it home, up on the ramps and its a 5 minute job. In mine the heater hose that connects to the tap let go and when it went it poured water over the coil pack ( Mines on Gas as well) so I had to replace all my plastic intake as well :x
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