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Re: Heater - a few challenges
Posted by Matt Grimes [Email] (#2198) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Matt Grimes) on Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:30:15

In Reply to: Heater - a few challenges, Matt Grimes [Profile/Gallery] , Fri, 1 Dec 2017 19:37:10
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Well that turned out to be one of the worst episodes of "wrenching" in a very long time. Of course it is REALLY leaking...just twist the control knob around and watch it leak in certain places. CRAP!

The control rod does not move smoothly but has a bad "catch" in the middle of the travel. Seems to leak the worst right about there.

Out it comes and back to eEuroparts...another week of driving to work in the cold (ggrrrrr). Replacement part comes on Friday. Take it out of the box and inspect it...hhmmmm...seems to have the exact same problem. Go figure...I think ProParts has a bit of problem with quality control on these things. Definitely NOT going to install it just to see if it leaks.

Long story short...took it apart and cannibalized all the seals which I used to rebuild my OEM unit. Reinstalled and working great!

Sent an nice write-up back to eEuroparts documenting the issue and suggested they check the rest of their inventory. Their customer service has been excellent for what it's worth. They're going to send the write-up along to ProParts.

Internal inspection of ProParts unit revealed; malformed nylon gears, excessive flashing from the extrusion process, misaligned shaft resulting in binding of the slides. Oh, and the supplied mounting screws are of such a soft metal that two of the four stripped out on reassembly. I think they get a D- on this one.


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