PROPORTIONING CONTROL VALVE
2004 Kia Spectra • 145,000 miles
Why does my proportioning control valve leak, and is there any repair that I can do from home to fix this problem?
October 3, 2012.
October 3, 2012.
For the braking system im trying to avoid buying one from the dealership but no luck finding a replacement.
Best place to find one is a salvage yard because they have a very low failure rate so your chance of getting a bad one is low. What you must do though is find one from a car with the same options as yours because they're calibrated according to the weight distribution of the vehicle. If you can find a part number on them that would be even better. Be aware too that the part number on the assembly is often different than what the dealer goes by. They use the vehicle manufacturer's part number. The part can have the part number of the supplier of that part which will be different.
Some of the things that can make a difference is with or without air conditioning, manual or automatic transmission, two or four door, 4 cylinder or V-6 engine, and anything else like that which affects the percentage of weight on the front tires. The valves will also be different between rear drum and disc brakes.
The goal is to find a car equipped identically to yours so it has the same weight distribution. The proportioning valve is calibrated to reduce rear wheel lockup under moderate to hard braking when more weight shifts to the front.
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