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Old 04-29-2002, 10:50 AM
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OK. I'm looking at my heater control unit and wondering waht to do. I'm not even sure that this is the source of my trouble, but with the fix described in this thread I can at least get started. The heater works; the AC works. But I can't control which will blow into the passenger when. For the most part, I can't keep the heat from blowing into the cabin. Will installing the valve and bypassing the HCU address this?
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Old 04-29-2002, 12:46 PM
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mmcan, I am not that familiar with these systems, but it sounds like the problem is your control unit in the dash, but again I'm guessing.

I am however certain that by putting a manual valve in the heater line that you can stop the flow of coolant to the heater core, and thus kill the heat in the cabin. That may be enough of a fix. I also have a '79 300, which is currently under the knife, so to speak.

Good luck.
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Old 04-29-2002, 01:02 PM
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Is it possible that cutting off flow to heater core would allow fluid to settle in core? And will core be then more likely to corrode?
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Old 04-29-2002, 01:18 PM
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I guess that is possible. If you are running the proper mixture of antifreeze, then you could cycle the valve, monthly, weekly, whatever. That should help. If you flush the system, open the valve to flush the heater lines and core also. I don't think you would have a problem with all that.

As I stated before, I'm not a mechanic. This "fix" was recommended by an independant Mercedes mechanic in town, who was recommended by a friend.

This friend, by the way, is selling a pretty nice 300CD, '82 model, under 200K miles. I think he wants 5,000 bananas. I'd like to have it myself, but I got mercedes all over the garage at the moment.
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Old 04-29-2002, 01:44 PM
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Not really related to Mercedes but I had a 1972 MG Midget while in college and the heater was controlled by a valve under the hood. On in fall and off in spring. It worked fine, but not what you would expect in a Mercedes! It was not a ball valve but a gate, kind of reminded me of turning on the garden hose!
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Old 04-29-2002, 02:06 PM
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Thats exactly what I put in mine. Just like you would have on a garden spigot. This seems to be a popular fix, probably due to the fact that the servo costs around $800, and the valve about $3. Pretty easy math on this one.
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Old 10-29-2002, 01:50 PM
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I'm puzzled by one feature of the fix. I believe the servo has a temperature sensing switch in the bottom which will not allow the fan to blow (and perhaps also not allow the aux water pump to run) until the coolant reaches a certain temperature. What happens with the switch when the servo is bypassed? Wont the blower not operate? How have people solved this problem? Bypassed the switch somehow?
Also does bypassing the servo cause any problems with the controls calling for some action which cannot be carried out since it cannot sense the temperature of the coolant? Could this burn out the amp or control panel?
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