When you're buying an idle control valve, you must set an ideal one to narrow down your choices. After all, there are plenty of options in the market. Another thing, you can't use just any type in your car because some valve types won't really work no matter how hard you try. Set your own standard now by reading these tips.
- Take pictures of the old idle control valve before heading to the store. Notice the shape and parts of it. Determine if you have a bullet, blade, or pin type valve. Do not forget to verify whether you have a female or male terminal. These physical features are very important because they are actual clues that can lead you to the right valve.
- Choose idle control valves that are made of stainless steel and tungsten alloys because they are proven to be carbon resistant. They stop carbon by-products from forming and clogging the valve. You'll have higher advantage because you won't have to replace the valve often.
- Buy an idle control valve that includes a compatible o-ring or gasket to save time and effort and to ensure the valve's efficiency.
- Don't second guess. When it comes to size, always take the correct measurement. The idle control valve has to fit properly to the mounting point or else it won't work the way it has to. Determine the diameter of the valve to get the right size from the store so you don't have to cut or reshape when installing it.
- Don't be scared of spending. Yes, idle control valves can be quite expensive so make it a really good investment. Besides, you can buy an aftermarket part that is less in price but not in quality. In addition to that, they are also backed by warranty. Good choice, right?
- Don't buy a used idle control valve. The valve itself has several parts and they are quite sensitive, especially the terminals. You wouldn't have any clue at all when one of these parts is damaged. It would really be hard to trace back the records of the previous owners. Aside from that, these parts have no warranty at all.