How To Replace The Heater Control Valve, Ford Ka, 1996 to 2009 Models.
Ford Ka Heater Control Valve Replacement.
In this article How To Replace The Heater Control Valve of your Ford Ka you will learn how straight forward a job it really is. By doing this job yourself you will save money on costly garage bills and have the satisfaction of knowing that you have done the job yourself.
It is worth mentioning at this stage that the reason you are replacing the Heater Control Valve of your Ford Ka is likely to have been arrived at due to the heater not producing warm air through to the cockpit compartment. It is a very common problem on Ford's in general and it is fair to assume that this is what the problem is when the heater suddenly stops working for no apparent reason.
To repakce The Heater Control Valve of your Ford Ka you will only need a few basic tools as the job is what I class as an intermediate job with very little technical skill required to do the job.
- Screwdrivers. 2. Water pump pliers. 3. Wd40 or similar.
Preparing To Start Work On Your Ford KA
As with all jobs when working on your Ford Ka make sure that it is secured with handbrake on and in gear so it cannot roll towards you or away from you whilst working. If in doubt chock the wheels to make doubly sure that it doesn't move. As you will not be working under the car I wouldn't say there is need to chock the wheels at this stage.
Set out the tools that you will be using and if you want to protect the wings and paintwork of your car then cover with an old blanket or some type of material such as an old curtain.
Engine Bay Work Area.
As you can see the area you will be working in, is quite small on a Ford Ka so I would recommend caution and methodical work pattern to ensure that screws and such like are not dropped below the engine onto the floor.
Removal Of Trim.
In order to get at your Heater Control Valve there are a number of trim pieces which need to be removed to get access to the part.
Surprisingly enough Ford's now have become slightly more sophisticated and need a bit more time spending on them as you work as there are more trim parts to remove to get at parts for removal/replacement.
Removing The Wipers.
Windscreen wiper removal is easy and only requires that you unbolt one nut, flip the plastic cover and withdraw the wiper arm from the splines.
As you can see from the photograph, WD40 had been sprayed on all screw heads and around the wiper arms spigots to assist in easy removal.
Removing The Trim.
Removing the outer and inner trim is slightly fiddly and there is the chance that you could lose screws in the engine compartment, so beware.
There are 6 screws and covers which attach the plastic trim to the car and can only be removed when the wipers have been removed. There are also a number of ancilliary parts which need to be removed before the plastic trim is completely removed. Clips for wires to the harness etc.
Removing The Valve
Once removed you can now get access to the Heater Control Valve.
To remove the valve first undo the electrical connection to the unit. Unclip the 4 hoses with water pump pliers as it has spring clips on each hose. Once the hoses are removed the unit can be removed and replaced with the new one.
Worth mentioning, be certain not to get the hoses mixed up when replacing the unit. To make, sure you could mark them up with tape and number them or change each hose individually with the new unit.
Re-fitting Of The Trim Parts.
Re-fitting of the trim parts is obviously a reverse of the removal. Remember there is little room to replace the inner trim to the body and care should be taken not to trap any wires and pipes. Again be careful not to drop any screws beneath the car and tighten screws just so that adjustment can be made in the fitting of the trim. Once you are happy that everything fits, go ahead and fully tighten all the screws.
There you have it, a good job done which will have saved you the labour charge from a garage. Not only that you will have the satisfactiion of knowing that you have done the job yourself.
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