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Heater valve fix

To: spridgets@autox.team.net
Subject: Heater valve fix
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 21:22:09 -0400
Organization: Remember Quality Non Asian Goods
Well the engine is back all clean bright and painted and what happens
but that stupid little heater valve starts to leak all over my new
paint. I replace it with another 30+ year old valve, and this one leaks
faster. Time to figure out what makes them tick....
After trying teflon tape, pipe dope, and even a faucet washer, it still
leaked. Upon closer inspection, I found a small "O" ring inside the
valve stem nut. Picked it out, stuck in a new "O" ring, and no more
leak. My heater valve has been oozing for about 10 years, had I known it
was just a 5 cent O ring, I would have rebuilt a 1/2 dozen of them.
Not sure of the exact O ring size, I have a small kit of O rings and one
Also if your valve leaks at the base, a simple garden hose washer will
fix it.

So right now, even though I am waiting for my recored radiator to be
finished, I have no leaks! No oil leak, no coolant leak, and no brake
fluid leak. I think this is a first in my 48 Spridgets owned. I bet it
doesn't last overnight.
Frank Clarici
Toms River, NJ

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