I just replaced the water (heater control) valve today. I am having heating problems but that is the subject of a separate thread . . .
Here are my thoughts after doing the work:
Space is tight and those clamps are terrible to work with. There are other hoses and wires in the way. Granted, I am not a mechanic and I may not have all of the best tools. Rather than play around with the baked on hoses, I cut them out and replaced them with new ones. Did I mention space is tight? If you need any help, let me know.
If you haven't changed the coolant yet, this may be a good time if it is due while you are in there anyway. The factory fill is good for 10 years.Did you need to drain the coolant? If not, how much coolant spill came off when you replaced the valve and put in the new hoses? I have the same leak and wonder if I need to drain coolant first since it was not mentioned. Thanks.