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Old 12 Nov 2012, 08:07 pm
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basically as the title states, my mothers pt is sick. drinking coolant and draining it on the passengers side floor. fogging the windows because of the moisture its putting in the car.

i come here to ask for a rough time estimate to change the heater core. price is no deal we need the parts either way.

thank you in advanced!!!
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 08:11 pm
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couldn't say mr skinner. i'm pretty sure the whole dash has to come out to get to it.
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 08:39 pm
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It took me a whole weekend to do it...you'll need to remove the airbags, steering column, dash, center console, pass seat, remove freon, etc, etc...

IMO, this job makes a timing belt change, a walk in the park

I would recommend using a Hannes manual and maybe change the evaporator ( I did that), while you have everything open, because you wouldn't want to take everything apart again if it starts leaking later on...
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Old 13 Nov 2012, 10:03 am
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by the book it's a 5.5 hour job if you are a certified mechanic.

if you do it,... before you install the new heatercore, cover one hole with your thumb and blow into the other. sometimes new ones leak and then you'll want to go into the parts store and shoot people. i've had two brand new ones from vatozone leak. i always add solder (with a torch like a plumber would)around where the tubes fit into the core. i don't know why they are just pressed in and not soldered. keeps the cost down i guess.
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Old 13 Nov 2012, 02:06 pm
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While you're in there see if you can find the bloody thing that goes "ding" everytime it thinks there's something wrong. When you locate it please let me know, as I'm going to smash it in
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Old 13 Nov 2012, 02:48 pm
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indeed, we all hate the ding. it is, however, your friend.
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Old 14 Nov 2012, 02:27 pm
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indeed, we all hate the ding. it is, however, your friend.
How and why? I know I'm low on fuel, I'm an adult and know I haven't got my belt on, I live in rural Wales so I don't care that my keys are still in the ignition when I get out - it nags more than the wife does!
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Old 14 Nov 2012, 02:43 pm
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i didn't mean "your friend" per se. i meant everybody's friend, in general.
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Old 14 Nov 2012, 05:35 pm
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So do tell, the folks who had to replace their heater core

1) How many miles were on the car when you had to do it and yr of PT

2) How often was the coolant changed? Just curious if it had been.

3) Did you ever add the mopar cabin air filter kit, keeps the pine needles, maple helicopters etc from building up in the HVAC and trapping water.


I know the Durango and Jeep folks seem to have to replace the heater cores a lot.
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