It appears the intended DesignLifeTime for this vehicle, assembled in 2000, was engineered for around 18yrs; starting in 2019, during nearly each Coolant system maintenance routine (ThermoStatValve, Hoses, FlushFill...) yet another original plastic part (ThermoStatHousing, HoseTeeFitting, RadiatorSideTank...) cracked & leaked. In 2020July, after installing new hoses In+Out of the HeaterValve, it started leaking. Like the ThermoStatHousing & Radiator, I replaced this leaky plastic valve with the AllMetal type below, common on 1970s+1980s vehicles.
Links To Related Info
Thanks go to the brave souls who've preceded me in similar adventures & freely shared their experience below:
- http://youtu.be/CZPJcSqaa08?t=95 Coolant HeaterValve Fix
- http://youtu.be/GBSrBGha1w4?t=36 Coolant HeaterValve Fix
- http://web.archive.org/web/20200920100659if_/https://www.explorerforum.com/forums/threads/stop-leak-coolant-additive-which-one.489558 Coolant Leak Fix: K-Seal