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We need to replace the heater core now, but we cannot find a manual locally!

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  • aries_help Nov 27, 2008

    The old one isn't putting out warm air. This car was just purchased, so we don't know if it leaked prior.

  • aries_help Dec 01, 2008

    Turns out the hoses were switched and we were able to solve this issue w/o replacing the heater core after all! Saved us a HUGE hassle since the A/C was going to have to be discharged in order to work on the heater core unit! *whew* Thank you, motor1258, for your response!

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Is the old one leaking, or just not putting out warm air? Why is it being replaced?

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If it isn't leaking, as in coolant leaking into car, on floor or elsewhere, then you may be able to fix it without replacing the core. You need to establish if there is flow through it, which I'm suspicious that there is little or none. Feel the hoses going into the core from under the hood, at the firewall, when engine warmed up, and heater on,& see if one is as hot as the other. If both same, core is likely O.K. and you should have heat, if one hot, other just warm or cool, you probably have blockage in there & needs flushing, or an inline valve, is sticking, or problem inside in duct work area.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Dec 02, 2008

    Your welcome, and thanks for getting back & letting me/us know. Glad to see you got out of all that aggravation, and cost. Good Luck, & Take care

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