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CARQUEST or Factor Air Vacuum Bypass Closes Heater Valve

Part No. 74809 Warranty Details  

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Product Features:
  • Temperature tested to 270 degrees F
  • Pressure tested to ensure leak free design
  • Vacuum controlled
  • Application specific design
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Hose #1 Size:.625 in
Hose #2 Size:.625 in
Material:Plastic
Quantity:1
Type:Vacuum Closes, Bypass

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Factory AirHeater Control Valve
 
2.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

44%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (11)
  • Lightweight (5)

Cons

  • No improvement in performance (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday driving (8)
  • Replacement (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (5), Auto enthusiast (4), Mechanic (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Replacement part for my 97 Explorer

My truck couldn't run safely without this piece. We couldn't figure out why the radiator was always bone dry and the truck was always overheating. We found that the original piece was split and...Read complete review

My truck couldn't run safely without this piece. We couldn't figure out why the radiator was always bone dry and the truck was always overheating. We found that the original piece was split and draining water every time the engine ran, so much that it would drain 3 gallons of water in less than 30 minutes. We got the replacement part, and after a 7 minute installation, the truck is running smoother and keeping the water where it belongs. This is a necessary piece, don't bother trying to fix the old one temporaroly, just get a new one that will work for a long while.

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Failed Twice in 1 Month

The product is an exact fit for my 1997 Ford Ranger XLT V6 and looks identical to the original part. However, the part failed twice in less than one month. The first one...Read complete review

The product is an exact fit for my 1997 Ford Ranger XLT V6 and looks identical to the original part. However, the part failed twice in less than one month. The first one began leaking 3 days after installation. The second began leaking 2 weeks after installation. In both cases, it leaked at the point where the metal valve shaft enters the housing. I decided to switch to Motorcraft OEM and found the part online for $24 shipped.

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(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

lasted about 4 months

By 

from Maryland

Level 2

Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

This part was easy to install, but only lasted about 4 months. Leaks out of the hole where the metal rod goes through and turns. All of them are made of plastic, even motorcraft. wish they made these of metal.

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(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good replacement for factory original

By 

from Billerica, MA

About Me Mechanic

Verified Buyer
Helpful Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Driving
    • Replacement

    Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

    I was a little hesitant to use this part because I had seen some poor reviews on it. The original was leaking and it's been about 3 weeks since installing the replacement and so far so good. It works as it should and there are no leaks so for now I'm perfectly satisfied. The Ford original part was close to 3 times the price so considering it is very accessible and easy to change, I was fine with giving this part a shot even though there were some poor reviews. It's got a lifetime warranty so the worst case scenario is that it fails prematurely and I have to spend another 15 minutes to pop in a warranty replacement.

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    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    very easy to change

    By 

    from Ohio

    About Me Casual Driver

    Verified Buyer
    Level 1

    Pros

    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

        Can be changed in about 10 minutes, with just a pair of Pliers. Changed 2 in just the last month.

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        (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        It will do

        By 

        from Indiana

        About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

        Verified Buyer
        Level 4

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Kinda Cheap

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Driving
        • Replacement

        Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

        Had to replace my valve after getting stuck in the snow because while getting unstuck the old one blew apart! I got this one it's made out of plastic and pretty much was the same as the factory one. It was easy to put on. It's been on for about a month or a little more now. It seems to work ok but a week back I thought I seen it leaking around the new valve. I haven't lost any fluid really but I am going to keep a eye on it and wait and see. It's a ok replacement wish it could have been a little bit stronger. But it will do I guess.

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        (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Leaks

        By 

        from the Florida panhandle

        About Me Semi-professional

        Helpful Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Leaks

          Best Uses

            Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

            Custom installed this on our Mazda5 last summer (2012) with an electronic vacuum controller to help the efficiency of our a/c system. Had it configured to bypass heater core at about 80* ambient. Now replacing with number 3, but this time it will be a genuine Motorcraft YG350.

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            (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Defective Plastic Part

            By 

            from Colorado

            About Me Truck Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easy To Install

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

                This item has failed again at the end seam! Obviously a defective manufacture! I purchased this item to replace the original that failed after 16 years. The vehicle has been over-heating for sometime, because of loss of coolant. Yet again I find that the same part has failed! I will try another supplier for this item. I hope Advance Auto will find a better item to sell in place of this manufacturer!!!

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                (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Heater control valve

                By 

                from Gainesville, FL

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

                Verified Buyer
                Helpful Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Just like oem
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Replacement

                  Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

                  Fits just like an OEM.

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                  (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect fit for my 98 Ford Ranger

                  By 

                  from Mansfield, Ohio

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Truck Enthusiast

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                  Level 4

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Driving
                  • Performance Driving
                  • Replacement

                  Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

                  My valve lost compression, and this replacement was what I needed. It is a perfect fit for my 98 Ford Ranger, and intallation was a breeze. My heat is hotter then ever now.

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                  (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Mine lasted just over a year.

                  By 

                  from Holiday, FL

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Driving

                    Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

                    This one lasted a year and a week! Just past the warranty period of 1 year! It's leakikng at the vacuum assembly, so you can't fix it, I'll have to buy another one. In an emergency, this will work fine or if you can't find one else where. I'm going to try another brand.

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                    (10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Failed Twice in 1 Month

                    By 

                    from Nebraska

                    Pros

                    • Exact fit
                    • Price

                    Cons

                    • Poor Seal

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Factory Air Heater Control Valve:

                      The product is an exact fit for my 1997 Ford Ranger XLT V6 and looks identical to the original part. However, the part failed twice in less than one month. The first one began leaking 3 days after installation. The second began leaking 2 weeks after installation. In both cases, it leaked at the point where the metal valve shaft enters the housing. I decided to switch to Motorcraft OEM and found the part online for $24 shipped.

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                      • Q:

                        do i have to replace the heat control valve or can i simply bypass it?
                        Asked on 5/11/2012 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          The hoses are simply connected to the stock one. You can remove it and reconnect them to the new control valve. For any further assistance, please call us toll free at: 1-877-ADVANCE (238-2623) and one of our representative would be glad to assist you further.

                          Answered on 5/13/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                      • Q:

                        what size hose fits this part
                        Asked on 1/9/2012 by Anonymous

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Below is the Factory air valve hose size
                          Hose #1 Size:.625 in
                          Hose #2 Size:.625 in

                          Answered on 1/11/2012 by Steve from AAP
                      • Q:

                        07 Ranger with no heat. AC works fan works when switched to heat no heat. Was told it was the acuator valve. Is this the same valve?
                        Asked on 12/8/2011 by mudman from North Carolina

                        1 answer

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Yes, this is the heater control valve. In order to check the exact fit application, please provide the sub model of the vehicle.

                          Answered on 12/8/2011 by Vincent from AAP
                      • Q:

                        I owned a 1996 Ford Ranger XL extended cab. Engine size 2.3

                        A reputable auto care company told me I needed to replace this part asap. It will cost me a lot for parts and labor. I am not a mechanic but would like to do it myself. How difficult is it to replace this part? Does it require disconnecting a lot of things under the hood? Will I lose all of the antifreeze when I replace the value? The car place told me I needed to do get a coolant system service done immediately after I replace the valve. installed.

                        Asked on 8/7/2011 by Anonymous
                        Asked on 8/9/2011 by Anonymous

                        2 answers

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                          A:

                          For help with your project, I recommend purchasing a Haynes repair manual specifically for your vehicle. This should be able to assist you further into detail on how to repair or replace specific parts.

                          Answered on 8/11/2011 by Steve from AAP
                        • A:

                          On my Ranger with a 3.0 engine all that is needed is to unclamp 4 hoses, and install the part. You may lose a small amount of antifreeze while installing the valve but this should only amount to about a cup or so out of about a gallon which can then v=be easily replaced. Replace the valve as not doing so will cause you to lose a large amount of antifreeze and could possibly lead to other problems. As far as having a coolant service done afterwards, only if you are due for that service in your regular maintenance, or if the leak persists.

                          Answered on 11/8/2011 by Steve from Muncie
                      • Q:

                        A reputable auto care company told me I needed to replace this part asap. It will cost me a lot for parts and labor. I am not a mechanic but would like to do it myself. How difficult is it to replace this part? Does it require disconnecting a lot of things under the hood? Will I lose all of the antifreeze when I replace the value? The car place told me I needed to do get a coolant system service done immediately after I replace the valve. installed.
                        Asked on 8/7/2011 by Anonymous

                        2 answers

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          If you could please provide the year, make, model and engine size of the vehicle and we would be better able to assist you.

                          Answered on 8/9/2011 by Steve from AAP
                        • A:

                          no they are really easy

                          Answered on 5/6/2012 by RDH0418@yahoo.com from Aurora, CO
                      • Q:

                        can this be hooked up the wrong way ?
                        Asked on 1/9/2011 by TZ from Atlanta GA

                        2 answers

                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          I'm pretty sure it can be having four connection locations

                          Answered on 1/11/2011 by Mike the Auto Parts Master from AAP
                        • CUSTOMER CARE

                          A:

                          Yes, this can possibly be hooked up the wrong way. I would recommend purchasing a Haynes repair manual specifically for your vehicle. This should be able to assist you further into detail on how to repair or replace specific parts.

                          Answered on 1/11/2011 by Ron the Auto Parts Rebel from AAP
                      • Q:

                        my temperature control switch stays on cold will not switch to heat has a clicking noise under dash what could be problem when you turn switch to the heat side
                        Asked on 11/26/2010 by george from drummonds tn

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          With out the presence of your vehicle we would not be able to properly diagnose it nor provide you with a 100% answer. We would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis before buying and having parts installed that may not solve or be the problem.

                          Answered on 12/1/2010 by Ron the Auto Parts Rebel from AAP
                      • Q:

                        Where is this part located? I have a 95 3.0L
                        Asked on 10/3/2010 by buddy from salem,ct

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          For further assistance, please provide the make and model of your vehicle.

                          Answered on 10/4/2010 by Mike the master of auto parts from AAP
                      • Q:

                        where does the vacume line hoke to this valve, because I replace this valve on my truck because I was not getting any heat inside now I am getting to much heat inside I cannot turn it down with the heat control knob.
                        Asked on 3/30/2010 by Jimmy from Clinton North Carolina

                        1 answer

                        • A:

                          The vacuum line connects to the round can on the right side of the valve. Be sure nothing is interfering with the actuator arm on the valve that would not allow it to move, or it could be a bad vacuum line or heat control knob in the truck.

                          Answered on 4/28/2010 by Dennis from IN
                      • Q:

                        will this item keep you from having heat inside the vehicle?
                        Asked on 12/12/2009 by mule from quincy illinois

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          Yes this heater control valve could keep you from having heat inside the vehicle if it is bad.

                          Answered on 2/4/2010 by Kevin from AAP
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