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Old 07 Aug 2012, 08:48 pm
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Hi all,

So my heater core blew out the other night, not an ounce of coolant left in the car. Local shop is quoting about $1000 with parts, labor and taxes. I've got a service manual, I figure why not take a run at it myself. I understand it's an involved process.

Question: what tools will I need to get the job done, start to finish? It requires removing the dash and steering column before you can even start on the repair. I've noticed in the reinstallation of a couple things requires a torque wrench. Any ideas on sizes of sockets I'll need or any special tools I'll need for specific jobs?

Thank you so much in advance.

Aaron
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Old 07 Aug 2012, 10:03 pm
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Have not done it on this car but have on many others. May I suggest you grab one of those Chilton/Haynes manuals. I personally think they all suck but maybe they'll give you an overview and an idea on what tools you will need.

I can't imagine you'd need anything other than a good metric socket set with extensions, a screwdriver or two and a dictionary of new cuss words.
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 12:08 am
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Ahh that's fantastic, thank you. I'm sure I'll have invented a dictionary's worth of new cuss words by the end of the day. Here goes nothing.
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 08:20 am
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Done lots on old Neons,

Factory installs heater (AC) box to firewall, crashbar/dash/ wire harness as an assembly, then steer column and some flashing

you'd do reverse

Since my Neon PT/PL have gone to a casting in place of drivers side crash bar-

I'd suggest the FSM, contact Chromenut or google 'PT Cruiser FSM download' PDF town used to have them.

As far as torque, steer column is supposed to be torqued to crash bracket / chassis, I never did but you might value your life more
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 08:21 am
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And duct tape the steer wheel to steer column so it doesn't destroy clockspring
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 11:23 am
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This is a big job... The dash, center console (drivers seat if you don't want to do any scratching on the plastic), steering column, all connectors. The HVAC has to be removed(01-05). Once on a table, then you can disassemble the unit to replace the heater core. I had to do this on an 06 and it was a time involved repair. Nothing really hard, just a lot of stuff to remove.
Also, a little tip on removing the center console, I removed the rear brake rotors to allow the parking brake handle to be straight up. The book says to remove the cable, but I have found out that this is much easier.
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 11:48 am
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^^^^ this....

I did this job on my wife's 01 and it took me a whole weekend. IMO is a lot harder than doing a timing belt.
Also, while you are there, you should change the evaporator ( $70) because you don't want that think to start leaking freon soon after that PITA job !!!
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 01:54 pm
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I would agree with everyone else, the job is involved. I haven't personally replaced a heater matrix in a PT before, but having a quick look at what's involved in the workshop manual, I would say you're in for a treat, Chrysler at their best
Why don't you take some photos of each step and do a wee write up of the procedure so that everyone can learn from it?
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 11:08 pm
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Why don't you take some photos of each step and do a wee write up of the procedure so that everyone can learn from it?
Hmm... I have all the pictures of my 06 teardown. After my checkride at the end of the month, I will put one together
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Old 08 Aug 2012, 11:18 pm
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I would say you're in for a treat, Chrysler at their best
Doubt this is harder than most, and by a long shot!

a Ford, LTD IIRC was over twenty hours flat rate!!!!!
(Flat rate is if you're a super genius tech who's done it a million times maybe can make it)

Thanks for the additions- I forgot the center console- and seat certainly would be good, and I also forgot access to wires that run into plenum for wipers and heater resistor .....

With Neon I don't disconnect steer shaft to adapter, just let column lay and pull passenger's side back far enough- PT, dunno
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