Quick & Dirty Fix: Heater Coolant Valve

One morning on the way to work, I discovered I had no heat in my car. Not a nice thing when it’s cold out. The engine temperature gauge was reading normally, so I could tell it wasn’t a lack of coolant. It was consistently cold, not intermittent, so I knew it wasn’t just air in the cooling system.


When I got a chance to check stuff out, I found that the cable that connects the temperature control inside the car to the valve that lets warm coolant into the heater core had come off. Without the cable to pull on the valve lever, it was stuck in the closed position, keeping the coolant from getting through.

I’m not sure what normally keeps the cable attached, but two zip ties did the trick, and it hasn’t given me any trouble since.


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