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Old 10-11-2004, 12:09 AM
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Q: Replaced waterpump on '95 E320 W124 - broke vacuum line - heater not working

Hi guys. Just finished replacing the waterpump in my '95 E320. (I'll post my 'experience' with that project later as I ran into a few difficulties, like the tensioner bolt stripping during the dissasembly ///// and the dealer gave me a timing belt that was too big - took awhile to figure that one out - SO make sure you compare timing belt sizes). Fortunately, all is back together and the car is running fine.

But I checked the operation of my heater, and it's not working. At any engine speed, at any setting of the ACC. The engine is definitely running warm enough for the heater to kick on, as she idled in the driveway for about 30 minutes tonight as I was checking the operation of the waterpump.

My main question is around this hard, plastic "white" vaccum hose that attaches (sorry for the failure terminology here, I'm totally guessing on this part) just under the front RH side {passenger side} of the valve cover - there's a control module here - a smaller black box - and this white vaccum hose travels from this module under the intake manifold to another fitting.

During my waterpump replacement, this hose snapped like a piece of uncooked spaghetti. And I'm wondering if this broken vacuum line is the cause? I think the heater was working six months ago (in texas, haven't used the heater since March). Can anyone tell me what this white, plastic vaccum line does? Or what it's called? I'll try to get another from my dealer asap.

If this doesn't solve the problem, I'll start investigating in all the other options, like a mono valve replacement.

Many thanks guys for your help. Best regards, 71Rcode

Last edited by 71Rcode; 10-11-2004 at 12:19 AM.
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Old 10-11-2004, 12:36 PM
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All working now. It seemed I needed to rev the engine a bit, and all of a sudden, the monovalve begins to do its job. I believe that broken, white vacuum line is transmission related...I was able to 'patch' it for now with a length of rubber hose.
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Old 10-11-2004, 01:47 PM
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That plastic line is the vac feed for the EGR and AIR switch over valves..
They get brittle from engine heat and crack.
Replace with a single length of rubber line and throw the plastic one out..
This line breaks and is the single most common reason for both EGR and Air pump CE lamp fault code on 104 engines .. it is the first place one should look when CE comes on from those two codes [ egr, air]
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Old 10-11-2004, 02:16 PM
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Arthur - many thanks for your response. Very good information....I'll follow your advice. Best regards, 71Rcode

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