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For some reason the Dodge Dakota heater core tends to plug up and will stop heating the car. the replacement job is big as a/c lines have to be removed etc. this happened to my daughters 1997 V6 Dakota and she was told she needed a new heater core for $700 when in Colorado last year. she had the system flushed and the antifreeze changed which helped a little. i checked it out and backflushed the heatercore itself going the opposite direction of normal flow and a small plug of junk came out and the problem is fixed. consider this is you or someone has the same problem. it is because there is a 90 degree angle in the inlet and outlet lines of the heater core just behind the firewall. good luck. hope you can save some money and stay warm with this tip.

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replacing the heater core for 1998 Dodge Dakoda


That's a big job (involves removing the dashboard). There are a few videos on YouTube dealing with this. Search "replace heater core dodge Dakota" to get guidance.

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Before resorting to replacing the heater core, first verify that the thermostat in the engine is operating properly. Sometimes the thermostat will stick in the open position. When this happens, the coolant does not get hot enough to provide sufficient heat. Also check to make sure that the heater core is not clogged up with rust or other debris. You can do this by disconnecting the heater hoses from the heater core [done from under the hood]. Place a garden hose against the upper metal tube and turn on the hose. Water should come out the lower hose without a lot of restriction. If debris or rust comes out with the water, flush the heater core out, using the hose, until there is no debris and no restriction in the heater core.
Replacing the heater core is a big job. I would suggest that you entrust this to a pro, unless you have lots of experience working on cars. The video linked below gives an outline of what is involved. See

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dammm ok make sure you have about 5 hours allowed to do this job.you need to disassemble the under side of dash, both side panels and steering colume panel, remove the colume saddle and let the colume and wheel lay on the seat, all screws across the top of dash and sides
dash must come out , take your time and carefully remove all plugs and gauge attachments, pop the hood un hook your heater lines and either crimp em off or drain and retain coolant now the other bummer,you need to un hook the ac coolant lines you may need a disconnect tool 8 big ones at auto zone now back to the cab remove heater/ac box unscrew the on screw behind the htr core it will slide right out, install new and reverse good luck it isnt to bad
lincolns are even tuffer lol

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The hardest part is taking the dash out. Then you have to evacuate the AC system, and remove the box. Then you can open the box, and change the heater core. It's a pretty big job. 8 hours as a DIY

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in dash heater plenum next to heater core big job to replace

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