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Old 04-25-2011, 10:13 AM
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Default I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

So awhile back I hit a bump and had coolant pouring on the top of my block. I broke a heater house connection made from crap plastic, I also broke another trying to get it apart parts stores want $40 for the assembly and I had to wait a week.. forget that, this is what I did.

Total cost: spare pieces and $2 for another T connection.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:17 AM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

Looks good,just make sure that the antifreeze/coolant is safe for the metal you are using.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:24 AM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

so what did you do with the control valve? it's there to cut the coolant off to the heater core when you use the a/c.
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Old 04-25-2011, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

I run mostly water in my engine and just a little coolant, but its copper and aluminum parts so it should be plenty fine. There was no control valve that I dealt with, these are just some T connections that hoses run into, the control valve is somewhere else. Everything works just fine.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:14 PM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

looks alot like my grandfathers fix on his 90s 7.3 IDI. kept blowing oil lines so they got replaced with hard copper lines. problem is gone.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:20 PM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

That valve makes little difference on the A/C, I did the same thing but with brass and tapped for my mechanical temp gauge right there, A/C still works great!
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:36 PM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

Yea, my A/C is cool within 45 sec of turning it on. I didnt even see anytype of valve in that area, just broken plastic. Its all the same hoses, just made new connectors. I may paint them black eventually. Kind looks cool tho haha
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Old 04-26-2011, 04:47 PM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

What the hell kind of bump did you hit to break something on the top of the motor?!
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:30 PM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

Well, turns out the clamp thing that hold those hoses steady wasnt attatched so they were able to flap around. I hit a small dip going pretty fast, the plastic was already suuuper brittle so all it took was it to probably smack the top of the engine and snapped the connection.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:51 AM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

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Well, turns out the clamp thing that hold those hoses steady wasnt attatched so they were able to flap around. I hit a small dip going pretty fast, the plastic was already suuuper brittle so all it took was it to probably smack the top of the engine and snapped the connection.
That sucks, its amazing how much those little plastic clips help keep things from falling apart!
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:14 PM
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Default Re: I got sick of brittle plastic connectors..

Us Mazda6 guys have been doing this with our PVC "T" for a long time now. Good shit!
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:25 PM
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Thanks!
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Oops, PCV, lol.
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