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Overheating,valve near firewall that water hose from thermostat is broke

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Pretty much self explanatory. the valve is called a heater control valve.
when replacing it don't pull on the hoses to the firewall or you can damage the heater core in the dashboard (a job you don't really want to do).
since there are several hoses there, make notes as to where the hoses go before removing them. Don't forget to put the small vacuum hose back on when finished. RE-fill the system with the heat on high and wait for the thermostat to open before closing it up.
If overheat was severe, replace the thermostat....they become unreliable after that happens.

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