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I have a 2000 kia sportage with a ruptured heater core. i went to auto zone, picked up a heater core for the type of car i have, and when i took the bad heater core out i noticed a difference in size. the bad core is smaller and all metal. the new one i got from auto zone is twice as thick and has plastic caps on the ends and will not fit in the heater box where the old one was. do i need to order this part directly from the dealership?

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  • jeffld Dec 29, 2008

    Yes, I also have this problem. This was a real disappointment. Spending 4 hours just to remove the dash only to find out that the replacement is too big. Literally twice as thick. I measured.

    photographic proof here.

  • jeffld May 11, 2010

    Does your Kia have air conditioning? Mine does.

    I think that the Kia without air uses the 6 1/2" x 6 1/8" x 1 3/4" size and the Kia with air, uses a core that is about 1 inch thinner.

    The trouble is that I have not been able to find a vendor that sells the thinner core.


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I am having the same problem the parts stores do not sale a thin one. Did you find a solution for your problem? I have checked everywhere, even junk yards but what I bought was bad. I need this part before snow hits.

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Some people have just cut the slot slightly bigger for the new one to fit

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